phytoplankton


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phytoplankton

(fī″tō-plănk′tŏn) [″ + planktos, wandering]
Plant life consisting of the millions of microscopic organisms present in each cubic meter of sea water near the surface.
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phytoplankton

that part of the plankton made up of plant life. Compare ZOOPLANKTON.
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For water content phytoplankton study, the water samples were collected directly in a 500 ml plastic bottle and preserved with 2% of Lugol's solution.
Professor Aaron Bartholomew, who specialises in marine sciences, said that the creatures they saw were a specific type of phytoplankton called dinoflagellates.
Carbon dioxide and bicarbonate are not the same chemically, which means that the amount of carbon dioxide available to phytoplankton during photosynthesis can be low.
This makes the Mediterranean a reliable natural laboratory for studying phytoplankton communities at fronts.
The water is the clearest in June, owing to the low content of phytoplankton at this time.
It should be noted that the new water treatment plant is provided with modern system for eliminating phytoplankton. The produced quantities are expected to set off the possible shortage due to the discontinuation of the plants.
As certain types of phytoplankton can make marine organisms poisonous to humans, the Ministry urges fishermen and beachgoers to refrain from fishing and collecting shellfish for consumption in the areas of red tide.
Some of them, appearing purple in the visualization, are essentially deserts, devoid of any phytoplankton. These "biological deserts" are expanding as ocean surface temperatures rise.
These conditions are conducive to high evaporation rates and long reservoir water residence times, and significantly influence lacustrine phytoplankton organization (Bouvy, Falcao, Marinho, Pagano, & Moura, 2000), they favor cyanobacterial blooms in dry periods.
Keywords: Phytoplankton, zooplankton, ammonium, sulfates, phosphates, freshwater shrimps, diversity
But as the experiment continued, the phytoplankton began making less and less shell material.