Species identification guides

The compilation of accurate taxonomic lists is the backbone of ecology and biological monitoring assessments. Taxonomic identification of microalgae species requires a highly skilled expert, an excellent microscope and great many handbooks. Identification books illustrate species with line drawings that focus on simplified structures and shapes, highlighting only the diagnostic features of species. Drawings have also been created in various quality, which makes their use largely challenging, even for experts. Our newly developed computer tools combined with 3D images of microalgae will help the user identify the species, irrespective of expertise from beginners, via students, to specialists.