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Plankton cool the southern hemisphere
Dutch research has shown that marine plankton have the greatest effect on the climate in the southern hemisphere, even though the majority of plankton are found in oceans in the northern hemisphere. (2004-11-17)
Seabed Silt In Indian Ocean Consists Of Remains Of Summer Plankton
Almost 90% of the silt on the floor of the Indian Ocean consists of the remains of blooming plankton during the summer monsoon. (1999-04-13)
Bacterial 'switch gene' regulates how oceans emit sulfur into atmosphere
Scientists have discovered a bacterial (2006-10-27)
Too much sun can harm ocean life
Solar radiation has a much greater effect on ocean life than was previously thought. (2002-03-18)
Temperature, not predatory pressures, drives plankton abundance
Plankton blooms in spring are largely driven by temperature-induced increases in cell division, a new study reveals. (2016-10-20)
Warming climates intensify greenhouse gas given out by oceans
Rising global temperatures could increase the amount of carbon dioxide naturally released by the world's oceans, fueling further climate change, a study suggests. (2014-06-08)
Study shows six decades of change in plankton communities
New research published in Global Change Biology shows that some species have experienced a 75% population decrease in the past 60 years, while others are more than twice as abundant due to rises in sea surface temperatures. (2020-04-01)
Reading ancient climate from plankton shells
Climate changes from millions of years ago are recorded at daily rate in ancient sea shells, new research shows. (2013-10-25)
Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland
The unusual timing of highly-productive summer plankton blooms off Greenland indicates a connection between increasing amounts of meltwater and nutrients in these coastal waters. (2018-08-14)
Genomic tools reveal new microbial phototrophs in the ocean
Genomic technologies are now being taken to sea, and are helping researchers discover the identity--and more importantly--the ecological roles, of microbes in the ocean. (2002-02-06)
Tiny sea creatures are heading for extinction, and could take local fisheries with them
Research led by Deakin University (Warrnambool, Australia) and Swansea University (UK) has found that a species of cold water plankton in the North Atlantic, that is a vital food source for fish such as cod and hake, is in decline as the oceans warm. (2013-10-18)
Study finds body size of marine plankton, currents keys to dispersal in ocean
A new international study found that the size of plankton, and the strength and direction of currents, are key to how they are dispersed in the ocean -- much more so than physical conditions including differences in temperature, salinity and nutrient availability. (2018-01-10)
Not a 1-way street: Evolution shapes environment of Connecticut lakes
Environmental change is the selective force that preserves adaptive traits in organisms and is a primary driver of evolution. (2012-05-22)
Surviving typhoons
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology researcher Mary Grossmann studied micro-organisms during three typhoons to figure out what happened to the ocean's tiny creatures when the waters churn. (2015-01-08)
Pollen proves beneficial for northern lakes
Mention the word pollen to most people and it triggers thoughts of their battle against allergic reactions. (2006-06-12)
Changes in water chemistry leave lake critters defenseless
Changes in Canadian lake water chemistry have left small water organisms vulnerable to ambush by predators, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2012-09-06)
The Antarctic polar icecap is 33.6 million years old
These findings, reported in the journal Science, are based on fossil records in sediment cores at different depths. (2013-05-27)
Will climate change put mussels off the menu?
Fans of moules marinière may soon find themselves out of luck according to research which suggests that global warming may threaten shellfish industries. (2015-07-02)
University of the Basque Country research on plankton at Urdaibai
The goal of the research was to study the microbian plankton of the Urdaibai estuary. (2009-12-09)
When sun's too strong, plankton make clouds
People say size doesn't matter, and that may be true for tiny plankton, those free-floating ocean plants that make up the bottom of the marine food-chain. (2004-07-12)
Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. (2017-09-25)
Tiny plankton could have big impact on climate
As the climate changes and oceans' acidity increases, tiny plankton seem set to succeed. (2013-09-13)
Island ferries take on role of research vessels collecting data about Nantucket Sound
Ferries that connect Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are taking on another role -- research vessels. (2006-08-29)
Online citizen scientists: Classify plankton images
Today, an online citizen-science project (2013-09-17)
Tiny, but effective
Barely visible to the naked eye, gelatinous zooplankton is an important part of the marine ecosystem. (2020-01-08)
Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data
In five related reports in this issue of the journal Science, a multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium. (2015-05-21)
Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles
New research from the University of East Anglia shows that rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorous. (2013-09-08)
NOAA plankton surveys, second longest in the North Atlantic, add to new global effort
NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center uses volunteer commercial cargo vessels as sampling platforms to continue plankton surveys begun decades ago as members of the new Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys. (2012-07-10)
Space-based lidar shines new light on plankton
A space-based sensor that can 'see' through fog, clouds and darkness has given scientists their first continuous look at the boom-bust cycles that drive polar plankton communities. (2016-12-19)
Voracious comb jellyfish 'invisible' to prey
Despite its primitive structure, the North American comb jellyfish can sneak up on its prey like a high-tech stealth submarine, making it a successful predator. Researchers, including one from the University of Gothenburg, have now been able to show how the jellyfish makes itself hydrodynamically (2010-10-10)
Waddenzee fresher than ever
The seawater in the Waddenzee is becoming fresher. More river water is reaching the Waddenzee via the outlet sluices of the IJsselmeer Dam. (2002-09-11)
Scientists able to harness 'plankton power'
During the past two years, scientists have successfully tapped the chemical reactions from decomposing organic matter on the ocean floor to create fuel cells that can provide low levels of electrical power for many months. (2004-07-30)
Climate gas could disrupt food chain
Levels of the climate cooling gas dimethyl sulphide will change as carbon dioxide increases, affecting food webs along the way. (2007-12-10)
Fossil discovery: Extraordinary 'big-mouthed' fish from Cretaceous Period
Scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago. (2016-02-08)
Plankton as a climate driver instead of the sun?
Fluctuations in the orbital parameters of the Earth are considered to be the trigger for long-term climatic fluctuations such as ice ages. (2019-05-22)
Dispersal, the key for understanding marine biodiversity
Dispersal plays a key role to connect populations, and contrastingly, its moderate limitation is one of the main processes to maintain species coexistence and promote regional biodiversity. (2016-10-28)
Giant larvaceans transfer ocean pollution by ingesting plastic waste
Pinkie-sized plankton called giant larvaceans can ingest tiny pieces of plastic and pass them in their fecal pellets, which then sink to the bottom of the ocean. (2017-08-16)
First atlas on oceanic plankton
In an international collaborative project, scientists have recorded the times, places and concentrations of oceanic plankton occurrences worldwide. (2013-07-18)
Carbonate shells change with time
The carbonate shells of tiny marine plankton, foraminifers, are important archives of geochemical records of past climates. (2017-11-02)
Planktonic world: The new frontier
On May 22, in a special issue of Science, an international, team of scientists maps the biodiversity of a wide range of planktonic organisms, exploring their interactions - mainly parasitic, and how they impact and are affected by their environment, primarily the temperature. (2015-05-21)
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