skyamsen wrote in message <6pq3s8$e43$1 at mawar.singnet.com.sg>...
>what wavelength should one be using to detect marine bacteria? I know
>and 660nm were suggested. why and is it correct?
660 nm would detect chlorophyll a
and 610 nm would detect phycocyanin
Both of these wavelengths would detect organisms capable of photosynthesis
e.g.. algae, phytoplankton and seaweed.
Check other frequencies I can not remember any off-hand.
The only sure way is to sample, filter, stain and count.
For the stain I would suggest Acridine orange (stains DNA green)
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