About the book
Composed of microscopic beings that have low locomotion power, plankton is one of the most important groups of aquatic organisms, being the main responsible for primary productivity in all aquatic ecosystems, supporting the food webs and contributing to fuel recycling.
Comprising a variety of organisms, plankton can be classified into different categories according to criteria such as size, habitat and Life cycle duration. Biologically, these organisms can be divided into bacterioplankton, mycoplankton, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
In addition to representing the basal levels of a food chain, which supports life in all aquatic ecosystems, including commercially important fish, plankton ecosystems play a role in the biogeochemical cycles of many important chemical elements, including the carbon cycle of the ocean, as well the oxygen production.
Thus, the editors invite all experts in the various scientific areas related to the study of plankton to write a chapter on one of the six topics of this special volume. We look forward to submitting your manuscripts to enrich this book.