An Introduction to Phytoplanktons: Diversity and Ecology

  • Ruma Pal
  • Avik Kumar Choudhury

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ruma Pal, Avik Kumar Choudhury
    Pages 1-41
  3. Ruma Pal, Avik Kumar Choudhury
    Pages 43-53
  4. Ruma Pal, Avik Kumar Choudhury
    Pages 55-57
  5. Ruma Pal, Avik Kumar Choudhury
    Pages 59-74
  6. Ruma Pal, Avik Kumar Choudhury
    Pages 75-161
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 163-167

About this book


The  book , ‘An Introduction to Phytoplanktons - Diversity and Ecology’ is very useful as it covers wide aspects  of phytoplankton study including  the general idea about cyanobacteria and algal kingdom. It   contains different topics related to very basic idea of phytoplanktons such as, types ,taxonomic description and the key for identification etc. Together with it, very  modern aspects of phytoplankton study including different methodologies needed for research students of botany, ecology, limnology  and environmental biology are also included.

The first chapter is very basic and informative and describes algal and phytoplankton classification, algal pigments, algal bloom and their control, algal toxins, wetlands algae, ecological significance of phytoplanktons  etc. A general key for identification of common phytoplankton genera is also included for students who will be able to identify these genera based on the light microscopic characters.

In Chapters 2-4, different aspects of phytoplankton research  like primary productivity, community pattern analysis and their ecological parameter analysis have been discussed with detailed procedures. Statistical  analysis is also discussed in detail.

Chapter 5 includes case studies related to review, phytoplankton diversity and dynamics.


Ecosystem Nutrient dynamics Primary productivity Seasonal variation Species

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruma Pal
    • 1
  • Avik Kumar Choudhury
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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