Arctic phytoplankton are more resistant to climate change

Ocean acidification triggered by climate change seems to cause less harm to the Arctic phytoplankton, which is resistant to the changes in climate that affect the Arctic Ocean’s coastal waters, as reported in a study released by Canadian researchers and the German Alfred Wegener Institute in the journal…

Know Your Diatoms

Diatoms are a major group of algae and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are unicellular organism, although they can form colonies. They have cell walls made of glass. Diatoms belong to the kingdom Protista. There are at least 100,000 species of diatoms that have been discovered…

Nitrogen Fixation

A team of scientists from the University of Hamburg, onboard the research vessel Discovery, are studying phytoplankton, and cyanobacteria in particular, in the Genus project. They are examining the specific conditions that support the growth of the blue-green algae. In contrast to the more ordinary algae, and all plants…

Ocean algae seem fit for climate change

Scientists have been investigating the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, which forms the basis of all the oceans’ food chains, is important for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and generates much of the oxygen needed to sustain life on Earth…