Latest Planktology Stories
Rising water temperatures will have an adverse impact on plankton, serving as the catalyst for a series of events that will upset the balance of essential oceanic chemical cycles.
An international group of scientists has created a global atlas of oceanic plankton -- from bacteria to krill -- by recording times, places and concentrations of plankton occurrences.
An ancient bloom of life that occurred just after the last ice age isn’t what it seemed at first, according to new research in the journal Nature Geoscience.
A new study says that the motility of phytoplankton allows the tiny ocean plants to determine their fate in ocean turbulence by forming 'social mixers.'
A new study on the feeding habits of ocean microbes calls into question the potential use of algal blooms to trap carbon dioxide and offset rising global levels.
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.
Along with other sea organisms, jellyfish are part of the ocean’s natural carbon recycling process. Jellyfish eat microscopic plankton and consequently ingest broken down carbon dioxide. Dead jellyfish then sink to the bottom of the ocean taking a large amount of carbon with them. This carbon becomes trapped in the deep sea water, allowing room for more carbon dioxide to dissolve into the ocean.
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.
A salp is a barrel-shaped, free-floating tunicate (any living organism which has a saclike body enclosed in a thick membrane or tunic with two openings or siphons for the ingress and egress of water). It moves by contracting which pumps water through its body. The salp strains the water with internal feeding filters as it goes through the body. It consumes phytoplankton that are strained from the water. Salps are common throughout equatorial, temperate, and colder seas. They are most often...
The South American pilchard, Sardinops sagax, is a sardine of the Family Clupeidae, the only member of the genus Sardinops, found in the indo-Pacific oceans. Their length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). It has a number of other common names: Australian pilchard, Blue pilchard, Blue-bait, Californian pilchard, Chilean sardine, Japanese pilchard, Pacific sardine, and Southern African pilchard. The South American pilchard is a coastal species that forms large schools. Coloration is blue green on...
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