Biofouling on surfaces – Videometer Resources
What is biofouling?
Biofouling is the adhesion and accumulation of biological material – protein, biofilm, bacteria, algae, plants, and animals – on wet surfaces.
Furthermore, biofouling can cause functional deficiencies. Whereas, antifouling is the ability of materials or coatings to prevent, minimize, or remove biofouling. In marine vessels, biofouling has been seen to increase fuel consumption by up to 40%.
VideometerLab and Videometer Multiray measures biofouling on surfaces – rapidly and easily
VideometerLab and Videometer Multiray instruments are extremely versatile in assessing chemical and physical heterogeneity on a surface, and for biofouling surfaces, we can generate abundance maps of algae-based on color, spectral reflectance, chlorophyll A fluorescence, chlorophyll B fluorescence, UV fluorescence, and fluorescence yield.
In addition to this, we can use algal morphology and texture.
Multiray imaging provides a fast and robust way to assess microtopography in the initial growth phases. Barnacles and traces of barnacles are also seen.
Check out the examples in the biofouling presentation.