From phyto- + plankton. From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phuton, “plant”) + πλαγκτόν (plankton), neuter of πλαγκτός (planktos, “wandering”). However, they are no longer classified as plants, so the terminology is showing a historical meaning.
Phytoplankton Sentence Examples
Marine phytoplankton - Rich in natural minerals and vitamins, it supports a healthy heart.
As already described, ocean acidity may increase as phytoplankton (and increased marine organisms) decompose.
Specific organisms currently being analyzed in addition to the marine cyanobacteria include the eukaryotic phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi and Phaeocystis sp.
The phytoplankton increase produced by the iron fertilization was dominated by diatoms.
Ferry Box monitors phytoplankton levels by measuring chlorophyll fluorescence.