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phy·to·plank·ton

 (fī′tō-plăngk′tən)
n.
Plankton that consists of minute plants and other photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates.

phy′to·plank·ton′ic (-plăngk-tŏn′ĭk) adj.

phytoplankton

(ˌfaɪtəˈplæŋktən)
n
(Biology) the photosynthesizing organisms in plankton, mainly unicellular algae and cyanobacteria. Compare zooplankton
phytoplanktonic adj

phy•to•plank•ton

(ˌfaɪ təˈplæŋk tən)

n.
the aggregate of plants and plantlike organisms in plankton. Compare zooplankton.
[1895–1900]

phy·to·plank·ton

(fī′tō-plăngk′tən)
Plankton consisting of plants and plant-like organisms, such as algae. Phytoplankton are a major source of food for aquatic animals and fix large amounts of carbon, which would otherwise be released as carbon dioxide.

phytoplankton

A type of plankton that consists of floating aquatic plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phytoplankton - photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
planktonic algae - unicellular algae
diatom - microscopic unicellular marine or freshwater colonial alga having cell walls impregnated with silica
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The aims of this study were (i) to assess the main factors that control the concentrations and relative importance of phytoplanktonic versus detrital POM in rivers before and after passing a shallow eutrophic lake and (ii) to predict the potential impact of different species compositions of phytoplankton in the inflows and in the outflow on the food web structure in these systems.
and the phytoplanktonic community of the furnas reservoir (Brazil).
However, recently, phytoplanktonic communities have shown a resurgence of eutrophic taxa and increased biomass of inedible/ potentially toxic cyanobacterial taxa (Conroy et al.
These phytoplanktonic groups have already been observed in the same period, associated with the cold water of Subantarctic origin (Brandini, 1998).
2006), based on the proportion of lipids of phytoplanktonic and bacterial origin, have not shown a significant contribution of bacterial C in the production of Daphnia.
Jean-Francios, Visible light-dependent degradation of lipidic phytoplanktonic components during senescence, a review, Photochemistry 58, 187 (2001).
Natural variability of phytoplanktonic absorption in oceanic waters: Influence of the size structure of algal populations.
Effect of copper sulphate treatment on natural phytoplanktonic communities, Aqgatic Toxicology 80(3): 267-280.
Bell, 2007), yet our results suggest that different sponge species have the ability to influence different components of the phytoplanktonic community.