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- n. Variant of nannoplankton.
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- n. nanoscale plankton
For the five diel studies carried out in waters with balanced or nearly blanced heterotrophic and phototrophic components of the nanoplankton, CO2 consumption at constant salinity always occurred between 06.00 and 09.00 hrs.
Marx and Uhen measured the abundance of two different types of algae: nanoplankton and diatoms, which are key "primary producers" of the ocean - converting sunlight into food.
Marx says the importance of diatoms is linked to their larger size, compared to nanoplankton.
The food chain based on nanoplankton by contrast is longer and more energy is lost on the way to the top predator.
Marx said that the importance of diatoms is linked to their larger size, compared to nanoplankton.