[ fahy-tuh-plangk-tuhn ]
/ ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən /
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the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton.
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How to use phytoplankton in a sentence
“Arctic phytoplankton are superefficient at using every little photon they can find,” Randelhoff says, but he was surprised that they could grow with such little light.Trapped under ice, light-loving algae grow in the dark Arctic winter|Jonathan Lambert|September 25, 2020|Science News
British Dictionary definitions for phytoplankton
/ (ˌfaɪtəˈplæŋktən) /
the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteriaCompare zooplankton
Derived forms of phytoplanktonphytoplanktonic (ˌfaɪtəplæŋkˈtɒnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for phytoplankton
[ fī′tō-plăngk′tən ]
Plankton consisting of free-floating algae, protists, and cyanobacteria. Phytoplankton form the beginning of the food chain for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.
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