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A Method of Collection, Preservation and Identification of Marine Zooplankton

  • P. Santhanam
  • P. Pachiappan
  • A. Begum
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Abstract

The name plankton originates from the Greek which means wandering or drifting. Victor Hensen coined the term ‘plankton’ in 1887. Plankton denotes a group of organisms—either animals or plants—which passively float and drift with the mercy of water currents, tides and waves. The animal component of the plankton is called zooplankton. It plays an important and probably the most significant role in aquatic productivity, determining the future commercial fishery of an area. They form a vital link in any aquatic food web as primary consumers or secondary producers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Santhanam
    • 1
  • P. Pachiappan
    • 2
  • A. Begum
    • 3
  1. 1.Marine Planktonology & Aquaculture Laboratory, Department of Marine Science, School of Marine SciencesBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biotechnology, School of BiosciencesPeriyar UniversitySalemIndia
  3. 3.Department of BotanyTihu CollegeTihu, NalbariIndia

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