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The department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology is supported by excellent research facilities and closely collaborates with the CARMABI Research Station in Curacao.

Cell counting

For phytoplankton and bacterial cell counts  our research group makes use of an BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer (BD Accuri cytometers, Belgium) equipped with a blue and a red laser, as well as two CASY-counters (Schärfe System, Germany)  equipped with a 45µm and 60µm capillary.

Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometry (MIMS)

In our laboratory we have a Hiden HPR-40 Membrane Inlet Mass spectrometer installed with a mass range of 200 amu (atomic mass unit) with a dissolved species probe. This allows for accurate measurements of a wide range of gasses either in gaseous or dissolved in liquid environments. Using stable isotopes specific changes in conditions applied can be quantified. The probe is positioned in a specialised cuvette. Typical applications of the MIMS in our lab are 13C-labeled bicarbonate or carbondioxide experiments to quantify rates of carbon fixation in cyanobacteria and algae.

For more information, see our facilities page. 

Cell analysis and cell quantification


Our research group makes use of different chemostat systems, i.e., chemostats that are specifically designed for phototrophic organisms and chemostats that are designed for growth of chemotrophic bacteria. These chemostats enable dedicated experiments with full control of temperature, mineral nutrition, gas composition and light conditions.

See more on our aquatic growth facilities page.

Aquatic growth facilities

Culture collection

Our research group has a large culture collection of freshwater and marine cyanobacteria. Most of these are for our own use in research and education. We do not have a service lab that can respond to requests from elsewhere.

Algal culture collection

Molecular genetic labs

Our research group has access to the IBED Molecular Genetic Laboratory for molecular biological experiments

Molecular genetic laboratory

Fieldwork facilities 

FAME has access to numerous fieldwork facilities, including the ship R.V. Dreissena for fieldwork programs on lake Markermeer. 

CARMABI Research Station

The department of FAME works closely with the CARMABI Research Station, in Curacao.

Go to their website to see which research facilities are available. 

CARMABI Research Station