Marine Plankton Imaging Lab

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Marine Plankton Imaging lab has state of the art instruments to observe and enumerate plankton from the coastal and marine environments. This lab conducts basic and applied researches on Plankton, along with content of photosynthetic pigments and production indices, and the data is used as a proxy for ecosystem health assessment. In addition to microscopy, using sophisticated instruments we facilitate swift identification of plankton communities in this lab and also in-situ systems.

These data help us to better understand the community composition of phytoplankton and zooplankton in the ocean, and how the sizes and types of the plankton are connected to and influence carbon export. Based on the species assemblage it’s possible to tell if the ecosystem is in balance. In some cases, excessive primary productivity can produce deleterious effects (i.e. Harmful Algal Blooms). Plankton are also considered as key indicators of prevailing environmental changes, however, identifying changes over a w

Analytical Capabilities:
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of Plankton and Microphytobenthos (MPB)
  • Algal bloom monitoring
  • Plankton community structure analysis


  • Coastal/Marine Plankton
  • Algal Bloom


Technical Manager

Dr. Robin, R.S

Dr. Raghuraman, R.


Flow Cam

Make: Portable Color Flow
Model: Camcx VS-IV-C P

To enumerate or analyze particles/microbes/ plankton accurately, reliably and quickly using automated imaging technology.

Plankton Nets

Model: Customized

Collection of phytoplankton and zooplankton from the coastal waters.

Compound Microscope


Model: DM2000 LED

Used to identify microscopic organisms (Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Meio fauna) in environmental samples.