The organic wealth and fish production in the sea - Phytoplankton production

Gopinathan, C P (1998) The organic wealth and fish production in the sea - Phytoplankton production. In: Kadalekum Kanivukal (Bounties of the Sea). Ravindran, K and Srinath, Krishna and Kunjipalu, K K and Sasikumar, V,(eds.) CIFT, Cochin, pp. 12-17.

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Abstract

It is well known that all life in the sea depends primarily om the conversion of carbon and nitrogen into protoplasm. This process is mainly carried out by the microscopic plants known as phytoplankton or micro-algae. They absorb the nutrients from the surroundings and convert them into starch, fat and protein with the help of chlorophyll pigments and sunlight. Just as on land, in the sea also, animal life is not possible without plants. Plants form the food of herbivores and the herbivores nourish the carnivores. No life including fish can exist in seawater without phytoplankton. They are the primary producers and their importance lies in the fact that they are photosynthetic organisms and sewe as the first link in the food chain. They are known as the grass of the sea and are the most important among the prime synthesizers of food in water.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:fish production; organic wealth; Phytoplankton production
Subjects:Marine Environment > Primary Production
Marine Biology > Phytoplanktons
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:4376
Deposited By:Geetha P Mrs
Deposited On:11 Sep 2010 05:26
Last Modified:23 Sep 2010 14:30

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