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An Introduction to Phytoplanktons: Diversity and Ecology


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

  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

About the authors

Dr. Ruma Pal did her MSc and PhD from University of Calcutta. Presently, she is Associate Professor in Botany, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, India. She is the sole teacher of Phycology in this university. She has more than 25 years of research experience in Phycology. Her research interest is related to various fields of algal biotechnology, related to Phycoremediation, aquaculture, bio-fuel production and nanotechnology, etc. Algal diversity study, phytoplankton dynamics and ecological modeling are also the areas of her interest. She has already conducted more than 15 research projects in the field of algal application and has published more than 50 papers in refereed journals.

Dr. Avik Kumar Choudhury completed his post graduation from Banaras Hindu University in Botany in 2004. Subsequently, he worked as a UGC Project Fellow at Department of Botany, University of Calcutta. He completed his doctoral work from the same institute and received his Ph.D degree in 2011. Presently, he is working as a DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) Postdoctoral Research Associate at Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.

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