The Plankton Toolbox is a free tool for aquatic scientists, and others, working with environmental monitoring related to phyto- and zooplankton. It is available for MacOS and  Windows. A Linux verion will produced upon request.

Features include:

  • Imports phyto- or zooplankton data in .txt and .xlsx files in different formats (configurable)
  • Work with data on abundance, biovolume and carbon content
  • Data screening - quality control of data
  • Aggregate data, e.g. from species level to class level
  • Plotting tools
  • Statistics (in early development)
  • Export data in .txt or .xlsx for further analyses or plotting
  • Plankton counter - use the PlanktonToolbox as a counting tool by the microscope

The software is available as version 1.2.0 for Windows and for MacOS.

Update 15 November 2016
Version 1.2.0 for Mac is available
Version 1.2.0 for Windows is available


Latest version

Plankton Toolbox version 1.2.0 and users guide 1.2.0

Earlier version

Plankton Toolbox 1.1.1 and Plankton toolbox User's guide version 1

Plankton Toolbox older version



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