A Book Blooms in the LabWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 16 May 2013
When conditions of light and nutrients align in the surface waters of the ocean, tiny single-celled algae called phytoplankton respond with explosive growth and reproduction in a phenomenon known as a phytoplankton bloom.
Arctic expedition to study impact of climate change on planktonGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2013
The goal of the 25,000km Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, with some 15 scientist on board, is to search for planktonic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, protists and metazoans, all vital resources that need to be studied in their own environment while there is still time.
The Black Sea is a Goldmine of Ancient Genetic DataWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 07 May 2013
When Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine paleoecologist Marco Coolen was mining through vast amounts of genetic data from the Black Sea sediment record, he was amazed about the variety of past plankton species that left behind their genetic makeup (i.e., the plankton paleome).
Research Enables Fishermen to Harvest Lucrative Shellfish on Georges BankWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 16 Apr 2013
Combined research efforts by scientists involved in the Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project, funded by NOAAs Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, and administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), have led to enhanced understanding of toxic algal blooms on Georges Bank.
Volcanic ash triggers plankton bloomBBC | 10 Apr 2013
The 2010 Icelandic volcanic eruption, which disrupted flights across Europe, also had a "significant but short-lived" impact on the North Atlantic, a study says.
Bloom: Photosynthetic pods for mid-ocean livingsmartplanet.com | 05 Apr 2013
Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that float around the water surface, harnessing sunlight to make energy for themselves. Like plants, they use chlorophyll to produce oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide. So, with impending sea level rises, French architecture firm Sitbon Architectes designed a livable, phytoplankton farm to be installed in the Indian Ocean.
Researchers Issue Forecast for 'Moderate' New England Red Tide in 2013Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 26 Mar 2013
New England is expected to experience a moderate red tide this spring and summer, report NOAA-funded scientists studying the toxic algae that cause blooms in the Gulf of Maine. The red tide is caused by an alga Alexandrium fundyense, which produces a toxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).
Ocean plankton sponge up nearly twice the carbon currently assumedEurekAlert | 18 Mar 2013
(University of California - Irvine) Models of carbon dioxide in the world's oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought, they found.
Glaciers a Major Source of Iron to North AtlanticWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 12 Mar 2013
All living organisms rely on iron as an essential nutrient. In the ocean, irons abundance or scarcity means all the difference as it fuels the growth of plankton, the base of the oceans food web. A new study by biogeochemists and glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) identifies a unexpectedly large source of iron to the North Atlantic – meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets.
Seafarers, science needs you! Help us collect data on the oceansGuardian Unlimited | 08 Mar 2013
If you are a sailor, angler or small boat owner and would like to take part in a unique global study of the health of the oceans then I need your help. My team of marine biologists and computer scientists at the University of Plymouth are aiming to recruit thousands of seafarers from around the world who are willing to collect simple data while out at sea and submit it to us via a free app - called Secchi.
Sailors to help measure planktonBBC | 23 Feb 2013
Researchers are asking sailors and fishermen to help with what they hope will be the world's biggest study of plankton in the oceans.
Climate change clues from tiny marine algae -- ancient and modernScienceDaily.com | 06 Feb 2013
Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how quickly they grow.
NOAA adds red tide alerts to Beach Hazards StatementsEurekAlert | 04 Feb 2013
(NOAA Headquarters) NOAA has added a new service to alert the public when red tides threaten human health at Tampa Bay area beaches. The new alert is timely since many of southwest Florida's beaches are experiencing or are under threat of red tide.
A Day in the Life of a PhytoplankterWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 29 Jan 2013
Earth's vast oceans teem with innumerable microscopic plants that make the fertility and abundance of the United States Grain Belt look like, well, a drop in the ocean. These tiny phytoplankton are essential to life on Earth, says biologist Sam Laney.
Unusual symbiosis discovered in marine microorganismsEurekAlert | 24 Sep 2012
(National Science Foundation) Scientists have discovered an unusual symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialized bacteria in the ocean.The partnership plays an important role in fertilizing the oceans by taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixing" it into a form that other organisms can use.
Plankton film distributed to UK schoolsWorld Fishing | 06 Sep 2012
The distribution of 7000 DVDs to be used as an educational tool for schools around the UK has been made possible with a donation from The Fishmongers' Company, London.