Document from Pep Gasol
This manual contains instructions for the routine use of the FACScalibur for counting bacterial and picoalgal concentrations in natural samples. Part of the instructions (like turning on and off or cleaning the machine) will be useful to users of the machine for other applications. However, any user that intends to develop new methods or approximations or that will work with unusual samples will have to manage her/himself on his/her own. I recommend that in such a case, the cytometer manual, and a good cytometry book (like Shapiro’s “Practical Flow Cytometry”) are read and understood before starting to play around. I also recommend that enough time is allocated to development of procedures before actual samples are run. Needless to say, I offer this information with the assumption that you will report back to me any errors or missunderstandings and you will also report any improvements you make. It took me some months to setup the procedures that are explained below, and some details are still not completely understood. I will appreciate if new information or procedures are reported to me so that I can add them to the document.
Manual writen by Josep M. Gasol
Departament de Biologia Marina i Oceanografia
Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC. Barcelona.