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What do algae and phytoplankton eat?
Does phytoplankton eat sunlight?
What nutrients do phytoplankton need?
Most phytoplankton are buoyant and float in the upper part of the ocean, where sunlight penetrates the water. Phytoplankton also require inorganic nutrients such as nitrates, phosphates, and sulfur which they convert into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
What plants do plankton eat?
What does a phytoplankton do?
Does algae eat phytoplankton?
Due to their vast and widespread populations, algae and cyanobacteria are responsible for approximately half of all the oxygen found in the ocean and in our atmosphere 10. Thus oceanic lifeforms not only feed off the phytoplankton, but also require the dissolved oxygen they produce to live.