the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton.
- Compare zooplankton.
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How to use phytoplankton in a sentence
Where there’s an active, healthy whale pump, you’ll have more phytoplankton, and phytoplankton is the basis for at least half of the oxygen on the planet.
One of the big questions to emerge from the study, Cassar adds, is just how much carbon these phytoplankton may have ultimately removed from the atmosphere as they bloomed.Australian fires in 2019–2020 had even more global reach than previously thought | Carolyn Gramling | September 15, 2021 | Science News
Aerosols from the fires also traveled eastward through the lower atmosphere, ultimately reaching the Southern Ocean where they triggered blooms of phytoplankton in its iron-starved waters.Australian fires in 2019–2020 had even more global reach than previously thought | Carolyn Gramling | September 15, 2021 | Science News
Researchers can then use a mathematical model to estimate the corresponding amount of phytoplankton there is.These free-floating robots can monitor the health of our oceans | Charlotte Hu | August 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
They collected phytoplankton in the sea for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.How Climate Change Science Has Changed Due to COVID-19 Restrictions | Jennifer Duggan | July 14, 2021 | Time
British Dictionary definitions for phytoplankton
the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria: Compare zooplankton
- phytoplanktonic (ˌfaɪtəplæŋkˈtɒnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for phytoplankton
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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