Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that live in the ocean. There are three main types of phytoplankton: Cyanobacteria, also known as blue green algae; Chysophyta, a protist family that includes diatoms and golden br... More »

Phytoplankton are essential because they form the foundation of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are the primary food source for everything from microscopic organisms to whales. Phytoplankton also remove vast amounts... More »

According to the Oceanic Research Group, phytoplankton are plants and do not eat anything. Rather, they use energy from sunlight to convert nutrients, such as silicon and phosphorus, into organic tissue through the proce... More »

Phytoplankton, which convert energy from the sun, are the primary producers of energy in the aquatic food web. Many marine animals directly eat phytoplankton, including larger zooplankton, krill and even massive baleen w... More »

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The main difference between zooplankton and phytoplankton is that phytoplankton has the ability to manufacture its own food through photosynthesis or chemosynthesis. Zooplanktons are incapable of making their own food. Z... More »

According to the Oceanic Research Group, phytoplankton are plants and do not eat anything. Rather, they use energy from sunlight to convert nutrients, such as silicon and phosphorus, into organic tissue through the proce... More »

Scientifically, plankton are either referred to as phytoplankton (plant plankton), or zooplankton (animal plankton). Phytoplankton are smaller than zooplankton, and a basic food source for many animals in the ocean, incl... More »