Plankton Analysis Facility

Plankton Analysis Facility

Fully accredited laboratory for plankton analysis. Our facility serves for microscopic and molecular analysis for assessment of species composition, quantity, growth and metabolism of aquatic microorganisms.


The facility houses microscopy and biochemical laboratories for plankton analysis as well as walk-in climate chambers for cultivation of plankton species. The benchtop equipment include microplate luminospectrofluorometer (FLUOstar Optima, BMG Labtechnologies), inverted and epifluorescent microscopes (Olympus AH2, Leica DM-IRB) with image analysers (AstroCam), PCR machines (MJ Mini-Engine, HP) and gel documentation system (Digi-Doc It, UVP).

The facilities are mainly used for microscopic, genetic and molecular analysis of free-living bacterio-, phyto- and zooplankton. See also our research interests on our institutional website.


The equipment is mostly used for:

  • Taxonomic analysis of plankton samples and enumeration;
  • Quantitation of macromolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, enzymes) in plankton using high sensitivity assays;
  • Development of species- and group-specific genetic markers for identification and enumeration of uni- and multicellular organisms in environmental samples;
  • LIVE/DEAD assays for bacteria, algae and zooplankton.

Practical information

Accreditation is valid for 2011. Experimental advice and service are available at a self-cost basis. Access to the equipment is only possible after agreement.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us.

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Department of Systems Ecology
Stockholms universitet
106 91 Stockholm
+46 (0)8 16 20 00