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Determination of Trace Elements in Plankton

Determination of Trace Elements in Plankton

Plankton are passively drifting, mostly free-standing plants (phytoplankton) and single-celled animals (zooplankton) in the marine environment. In addition to various macro and micronutrients, seawater also contains non-essential or toxic metals (such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and arsenic) from weathering, leaching, and anthropogenic sources. These metals can be taken up by phytoplankton and cycled in the marine environment or assimilated by consumers and transferred into the marine food web. Uptake by plankton is an important pathway for introducing essential and toxic metals into marine food webs. Phytoplankton have been used to investigate pollution.

At CD BioSciences, we specialize in the determination of trace elements in plankton samples. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and experienced team allow us to provide accurate and reliable analysis of trace elements, helping researchers and environmental scientists gain valuable insights into the impact of trace elements on plankton communities.

Our Services

We analyze your phytoplankton samples using proven techniques and report the concentrations of the trace elements. Our services are listed as follows:

  • Sample Collection and Preparation
    Our experts guide sampling protocols and ensure the use of correct collection methods for different types of plankton organisms. Additionally, we employ advanced techniques for sample preparation, including filtration, cell lysis, and elemental extraction, to ensure optimal results.
  • Trace Element Analysis
    Our experts have extensive experience in trace element analysis using methods such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), and X-ray fluorescence (XRF).
    • Determination of As, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Se, Si and Zn using germanium
    • Determination of Al, Ba, Ca, Eu, Sr and Tl using indium
    • Determination of Cd, Cr, Hg, Mg, Pb, Sb, Sn and V using rhodium
  • Data Interpretation and Analysis
    Our services extend beyond providing raw data. With a deep understanding of plankton ecology, our team of scientists assists in the interpretation and analysis of the trace element data obtained from your samples.

Our Capabilities

CD BioSciences employs established and validated methods for the determination of trace elements in plankton samples. These methods have been developed based on internationally recognized protocols and guidelines, ensuring the highest level of scientific rigor. Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments, enabling us to achieve the necessary sensitivity and accuracy required for trace element analysis.

CD BioSciences is a professional service provider for the marine biology industry. Our determination and quantification services of trace elements in plankton can ensure that the most suitable methods and techniques are selected for your project. We provide our customers with the most precise ingredient data and highly informed process expertise. Our team of biomass experts plays a key role in the formulation, optimization and commercial evaluation of biomass value-added processes in industry and academia. If necessary, please feel free to contact us.

Please kindly note that our services can only be used to support research purposes (Not for clinical use).

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