From ShipInsight. Published August 4, 2016.

Sea-Bird Scientific claims to have advanced technology for the rapid viability assessment of phytoplankton designed specifically for ballast water analysis.

Sea-Bird believe this could meet a widespread need for rapid assessments on an operational basis by organizations like Port State Control (PSC). The technology can provide the capability to quickly assess an organism’s viability to reproduce. Based on established fluorescence methods, this scientific breakthrough assesses the ability of phytoplankton to undergo photorepair. It has demonstrated strong correlation with proven culture-based reproductive assessments such as the Most Probable Number (MPN) method, and can enable an accurate assessment within minutes, and thus provides a breakthrough improvement in performance in monitoring compliance for the 10 to 50 μm organism class.