The Role of Filter Feeders in Stabilizing Phytoplankton Communities with Some Considerations for Aquaculture

  • R. J. Conover

Abstract

Looking at the hydrosphere globally, there is little doubt that most primary production is carried out by phytoplankton. It follows logically that most of the animals in the sea are fine particle feeders, either directly on the phytoplankton itself or on detrital particles largely derived from plant sources following death and partial decomposition of the primary producer. The fine particle feeders that concern us in planning marine propagation experiments will be primarily of two types: free-swimming planktonic animals and attached benthic forms. While there is considerable diversity of feeding mechanisms among the groups, they too can be broadly classified into two types: cirral feeding mechanisms and ciliary-mucous systems. To be able to predict something about the effects of fine particle feeding on suspensions of phytoplankton, we should first consider how these systems work.

Keywords

Biomass Clay Graphite fIltering Phytoplankton 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Conover
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Ecology LaboratoryBedford Institute of OceanographyDartmouthCanada

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