Sylvia Device Helps Detect Water Algae Levels

Mike Parsons of FGCU has developed a device, nicknamed Sylvia, to help detect algae blooms in the water of Southwest Florida. Sylvia is a microscope camera that identifies red tide and blue-green algae through recognition software.

“So Sylvia basically is a microscope camera,” said Parsons, a researcher with The Water School. “Sylvia will be able to take water samples and look to see if there are harmful algae or other algae present. And then because of this library, it’ll be able to identify and count them.”

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