Phytoplankton

Science / Marine Biology / Phytoplankton: The plant and algae component of the plankton; the primary producers of almost all marine food webs. Compare zooplankton.

Bloom (Phytoplankton)

Science / Marine Biology / Bloom (Phytoplankton): A population burst of phytoplankton that remains within a defined part of the water column MORE

Food Chain

Science / Biology / Food Chain: The simplest representation of energy fiow in a community. At the base is energy stored in plants, which are eaten by small organisms, which in turn are eaten by progressively larger organisms; the fo MORE

Plankton

Science / Marine Biology / Plankton: Pelagic organisms that float through the water column, not attached to any substrate and unable to move against the currents and tides. Plankton can be further divided into phytoplankton and zooplankt MORE

Red Tide

Science / Marine Biology / Red Tide: A dense outburst of phytoplankton (usually dinoflagellates) often coloring water red brown MORE

Zooplankton

Science / Marine Biology / Zooplankton: Animal members of the plankton MORE

Nuisance Bloom

Science / Marine Biology / Nuisance Bloom: A rapid increase of one or only a few species of phytoplankton, resulting in densities high enough to cause discoloration of the surface water, possible increase of toxins, and degradation of water qu MORE

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