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Chelsea Technologies has announced that its Fasttracka II fast repetition rate fluorimeter is being selected by many organisations for a range of applications.

The Fasttracka II is claimed to be becoming used by a range of organisations wishing to investigate the physiological responses of a diverse range of phytoplankton within ocean, coastal and fresh waters.

Pukyong National University (Korea), National Oceanography Centre Southampton, Marine Scotland Fisheries Laboratory, University of Southampton and the University of Essex have all chosen the Fasttracka system.

The UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science has purchased two systems in anticipation of possible requirements to include primary productivity data within the Marine Framework Strategy Directive.

According to Chelsea Technologies, since the introduction of the Fasttracka II there has been a significant increase in the range of applications, from coast and ocean algal studies to the protection of reservoirs and potable water supplies.

The Fastact adapter has established the Fasttracka II as a high-precision laboratory instrument, the company added.

The National Oceanography Centre’s Fasttracka II will be deployed on a number of programmes funded by the National Environmental Research Council.

In addition to in situ deployments, such as within the Seasoar towed undulating vehicle, the Fasttracka II will be used in the laboratory to investigate the physiological response of a diverse range of phytoplankton types to variable environmental growth conditions.

The University of Essex is using the Fasttracka II with Fastact in the laboratory to run rapid light curves on a range of algae cultures.

Its work includes comparison of measured gross O2 evolution with gross photosynthesis calculated from fluorescence on individual culture species.

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