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FEATURED TOPIC: PHYTOPLANKTON


Phytoplankton are often called the grasses of the sea. Through the process of photosynthesis (photo=light; synthesis=build), these single-celled, photosynthetic microbes nourish the entire food web of the world ocean. Nevertheless, the discovery of photosynthetic microbes with evolutionary histories and metabolic tools much different than higher plants has led a re-definition of sorts. Phytoplankton are most accurately defined as planktonic, photosynthetic microbes...
 
   
   
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