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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Determination of optical markers of cyanobacterial physiology from fluorescence kinetics
Author(s): Courtecuisse, Emilie
Oxborough, Kevin
Tilstone, Gavin H
Spyrakos, Evangelos
Hunter, Peter D
Simis, Stefan G H
Issue Date: Jun-2022
Date Deposited: 8-Jun-2022
Citation: Courtecuisse E, Oxborough K, Tilstone GH, Spyrakos E, Hunter PD & Simis SGH (2022) Determination of optical markers of cyanobacterial physiology from fluorescence kinetics. Journal of Plankton Research, 44 (3), pp. 365-385.
Abstract: Compared to other methods to monitor and detect cyanobacteria in phytoplankton populations, fluorometry gives rapid, robust and reproducible results and can be used in situ. Fluorometers capable of providing biomass estimates and physiological information are not commonly optimized to target cyanobacteria. This study provides a detailed overview of the fluorescence kinetics of algal and cyanobacterial cultures to determine optimal optical configurations to target fluorescence mechanisms that are either common to all phytoplankton or diagnostic to cyanobacteria. We confirm that fluorescence excitation channels targeting both phycocyanin and chlorophyll a associated to the Photosystem II are required to induce the fluorescence responses of cyanobacteria. In addition, emission channels centered at 660, 685 and 730 nm allow better differentiation of the fluorescence response between algal and cyanobacterial cultures. Blue-green actinic light does not yield a robust fluorescence response in the cyanobacterial cultures and broadband actinic light should be preferred to assess the relation between ambient light and photosynthesis. Significant variability was observed in the fluorescence response from cyanobacteria to the intensity and duration of actinic light exposure, which needs to be taken into consideration in field measurements.
DOI Link: 10.1093/plankt/fbac025
Rights: © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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