Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Felipe Gomez
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1232-2


Plankton refers to the microscopic organisms, mainly algae and protozoa, which are present in oceans and freshwater bodies. These microorganisms float and drift passively and support a significant part of the food chain for larger organisms in bodies of water.

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Food Chain Significant Part Oxygenic Photosynthesis Freshwater Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC/INTA)Instituto Nacional de Técnica AeroespacialMadridSpain