Phytoplankton Carbon Stock

  • Abhijit Mitra
  • Sufia Zaman


Phytoplankton, the free-floating tiny microscopic floral particles, demonstrate a wide range of shapes and vary over several orders of magnitude in size, from submicron species such as the picoplanktonic prochlorophytes to diatoms measuring more than 1 mm in diameter. In mixed-pieces samples, high numbers of extremely small-sized species might actually contribute only a minor fraction of the overall biomass, whereas other, larger-sized species that are much less abundant in numbers might dominate the overall biomass. Thus, cell counts per se are inadequate as a measure of relative algal biomass. Several conventional biomass-related parameters, such as particulate organic carbon, ATP, or chl a, are known to vary significantly with environmental conditions, such as light and nutrient availability. Even the salinity of the aquatic system influences the biomass of phytoplankton species, although the effect is species specific.


Dissolve Inorganic Carbon Particulate Organic Carbon Phytoplankton Species Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Ocean Colour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Division of OceanographyTechno India UniversityKolkataIndia

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