The bbe PhycoProbe is a highly sensitive measuring instrument for the in vivo analysis of chlorophyll-a in real microalgae and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Individual profiles for the different algal classes are created during the measurement. The algal content is determined by evaluating the chlorophyll fluorescence in real time. Without the necessity of using a laboratory, it is possible to completely analyze the occurrence and distribution of algae in different water bodies, if necessary at different depths.
Additionally, the PhycoProbe measures the amount of unbound phycocyanin (free PC) which reflects the release of blue-green algae contents like toxins as well as flavors and odorous substances. Interference from e.g. humic substances is compensated using the integrated yellow substances measurement.
Hydro-Wiper unit to prevent biofouling
The PhycoProbe can now be operated on moored platforms, submersed from buoys or fixed measuring stations using the Hydro-Wiper (made by Zebra-Tech Ltd, NZ). The wiper brushes can be set to periodically clean the lenses of the measuring chamber to remove biofilms and dirt which builds up over long periods of operation.