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The Oceans and the Ocean Food Chain -- Beginning with Phytoplankton

"Tiny Little Ones" - Ecosystems of the Earth's Oceans, Seas, Estuaries and more...

Nearly all marine plants are single celled, photosynthetic algae-plankton

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Blue-Green Connection to Life on Earth

"A single kind of blue-green algae in the ocean ('Prochlorococcus') produces the oxygen in one of every five breaths we take"
~ The Fate of Small Species and the Oceans -- Sylvia Earle

"The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One"
"I see things that others do not..." 'Mission Blue' (preview)
~ Saving the Oceans 'Mission Blue-2'

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Ocean's hidden world of plankton revealed in 'enormous database'


Researchers have found that many of the plankton organisms, particularly the bacteria, are sensitive to temperature.

"It is temperature that determines what sort of communities of organisms we find. If we look at our data and we see what organisms are there, we can predict with 97% probability the temperature of the water they are living in.

"These organisms are most sensitive to temperature, more than anything else, and with changing temperatures as a result of climate change we are likely to see changes in this community."

The researchers say that this scientific analysis is just the beginning.

They are making their findings freely available to the scientific community to gain a better understanding of this vital but unseen underwater world.

"The amount of data we have released is already enormous; it is one of the largest databases of DNA available to the scientific community. But we've analysed perhaps 2% of the samples we have collected throughout the world - so there is a huge amount of work to do in the future to understand even more about the functioning of these marine ecosystems and the importance of that for the wellbeing of the planet.

Origins of the Marine Food Chain

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