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.

phytoplankton

that part of the plankton made up of plant life. Compare ZOOPLANKTON.

phytoplankton

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Based on scallop muscle C signatures, our results suggest a phytoplanktonic food source at all stations, with differences in stations located farther from the front (W stations) caused by lower C enrichment.
Physiological responses of two marine phytoplanktonic species to copper and mercury.