About IFCB dashboard
A drop of seawater contains hundreds, even thousands of tiny phytoplankton, organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope. Despite being so tiny they are incredibly interesting and beautifully diverse. According to the scientists studying them at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), that diversity is so beautiful that everyone should be able to peek into the invisible world of plankton. And that is being made possible by an invention called Imaging FlowCytobot.
Photo credit: T. Kleindinst
WHOI scientists are working to show off the diversity of phytoplankton by opening access to images being produced by Imaging FlowCytobot, or IFCB for short. IFCB is an automated underwater microscope designed by Rob Olson and Heidi Sosik. They build IFCBs from lasers, video cameras, microscope parts, and small computers. IFCB can take more than 10 pictures per second as phytoplankton and other small particles are speeding by the video camera in a thin stream of seawater.
IFCB was originally developed at WHOI and is now commercially available from McLane Research Laboratories.
Modified from Chisholm 2000
Design / testingJoe Futrelle