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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

Station Biologique, CNRS, INSU et Université Pierre et Marie Curie, BP 74, F-29682 Roscoff cx, France

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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