AME 14:309-314 (1998) - doi:10.3354/ame014309
Application of a compact automatic sea water sampler to high frequency picoplankton studies
Stéphan Jacquet*, Jean-François Lennon, Daniel Vaulot
This note describes a compact automatic sampler designed to collect small water samples (about 3 ml) at high frequency (minutes to hours), which is very useful for marine microbial data acquisition. The device consists of a microprocessor card controlling, through an interface and a BASIC program, a fraction collector, a peristaltic pump and a set of tube-pinching electrovalves. Samples are kept at 4°C until analysis or fixation, which appears to result in minimal effects on parameters such as abundance, size or pigment fluorescence.
Automatic sampling · Picoplankton
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