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Descriptor English: Phytoplankton
Descriptor Spanish: Fitoplancton
Descriptor Portuguese: Fitoplâncton
Descriptor French: Phytoplancton
Tree number(s): B05.080.500.600
SP4.016.157.793.264
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D010839
Scope note: Free-floating minute organisms that are photosynthetic. The term is non-taxonomic and refers to a lifestyle (energy utilization and motility), rather than a particular type of organism. Most, but not all, are unicellular algae. Important groups include DIATOMS; DINOFLAGELLATES; CYANOBACTERIA; CHLOROPHYTA; HAPTOPHYTA; CRYPTOMONADS; and silicoflagellates.
Annotation: coordinate with specific organism; phototrophic bacterioplankton: index PHYTOPLANKTON + BACTERIA or specific
Allowable Qualifiers: CH chemistry
CL classification
CY cytology
DE drug effects
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
GE genetics
IM immunology
IP isolation & purification
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PH physiology
PS parasitology
PY pathogenicity
RE radiation effects
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Previous Indexing: Plankton (1966-1970)
Public MeSH Note: 91; was see under PLANKTON 1971-90
History Note: 91(71); was see under PLANKTON 1971-90
Related: Chlorophyta MeSH
Cyanobacteria MeSH
Diatoms MeSH
Dinoflagellida MeSH
DeCS ID: 11271
Unique ID: D010839
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1991/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2013/07/09
Phytoplankton - Preferred
Concept UI M0016829
Scope note Free-floating minute organisms that are photosynthetic. The term is non-taxonomic and refers to a lifestyle (energy utilization and motility), rather than a particular type of organism. Most, but not all, are unicellular algae. Important groups include DIATOMS; DINOFLAGELLATES; CYANOBACTERIA; CHLOROPHYTA; HAPTOPHYTA; CRYPTOMONADS; and silicoflagellates.
Preferred term Phytoplankton



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