Phytoplankton are key primary producers of organic compounds and are responsible for approximately half of all photosynthesis on earth, as such they play a major role in the food chain and the production of atmospheric oxygen. Fluctuations of phytoplanktonic growth can be strongly correlated with increased nutrient loads originating from human and animal activities. Such fluctuations can have a detrimental effect on ecosystems and consequently need close monitoring. However, current technology for such work is expensive or difficult to handle. The goal of this work is to develop a cheap and efficient optical phytoplankton monitoring device in collaboration with the Department of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (VUB).
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