Latest Phytoplankton Stories
The seas around Antarctica can, at times, resemble a garden. Large-scale experiments where scientists spray iron into the waters, literally fertilizing phytoplankton, have created huge man-made algal blooms.
Sorting through the vast amounts of genetic data from the Black Sea sediment record, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine paleoecologist Marco Coolen was astounded by the variety of past plankton species that left behind their genetic makeup.
The ability of sea spray to form clouds over the ocean is influenced by ocean biology which alters the chemical composition of the spray.
Researchers at the Plymouth University Marine Institute have developed a new smartphone app that they claim will allow regular folks to help scientists track the impact of climate change on phytoplankton.
Geoengineering is a controversial and illegal practice that attempts to mitigate the forces of climate change on a grand scale. Many see this attempt to alter global climate via artificial means as a ‘quick fix’ with potential long-term negative effects.
Baby Boomer ReBoot, a nutritional supplement that offers a number of critical health benefits to older adults, is now available via Amazon.com, the world’s most popular ecommerce website.
An international team of biologists led by Indiana University's David M. Kehoe has identified both the enzyme and molecular mechanism critical for controlling a chameleon-like process that allows one of the world's most abundant ocean phytoplankton, once known as blue-green algae, to maximize light harvesting for photosynthesis.
An international team of researchers has uncovered the first evidence that marine creatures living in the Antarctic region are being affected by ocean acidification.
New research shows that ocean turbulence directly affects the ability of microscopic marine organisms to recycle organic material back into the food web.
Phytoplankton are important for the sustainability of the aquatic food web. However, future warming oceans could significantly alter the populations of these important organisms.
Image Caption: Chilean Sea Urchin, Loxechinus albus. Credit: Dentren/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Chilean sea urchin (Loxechinus albus) is a species that can be found along the coastlines of Chile and Peru. It is typically found in shallow waters at or below the tide level, buried in sand or lying just on top of it. This species is often associated with Macrocystis pyrifera, a type of kelp. It is most often found in more open spaces. The Chilean sea urchin can reach an average width of...
- Growing in low tufty patches.