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Changes in marine dinoflagellate and diatom abundance under climate change
Imagine looking at your garden one morning and finding that the grass had suddenly been replaced by bushes. Far fetched ? You might think so, but changes of this magnitude have recently been reported in the biology of the North Atlantic with a dramatic switch in the prevalence of two groups of microscopic planktonic plants that lie at the base of the food chain....
Long-term changes in abundance and distribution of microzooplankton in the NE Atlantic and North Sea
The latest tintinnid (Ciliophora, Protista) data from the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey in the NE Atlantic and North Sea has been used to examine the phenology, distribution and abundance of this important group of ciliates. The presence of tintinnids in CPR samples collected in the North Atlantic has increased over the last 50 years and the seasonal window...
CPR detects the red-tide dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans in the Southern Ocean for the first time
Noctiluca scintillans is a red-tide forming, heterotrophic dinoflagellate that was found for the first time in the Southern Ocean (45°31´S 147°E) in December, 2010. The 'bloom' of Noctiluca extended over 242 km...