Introduction to Marine Plankton: Book by Abhijit Mitra

Introduction to Marine Plankton

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ISBN: 9788170353249    Publisher: Daya Publishing House Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 102        Language: English
The present book is designed for acquiring a basic knowledge on marine and estuarine phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are tiny free-floating biotic components of the aquatic ecosystem. These drifting...Read more
The present book is designed for acquiring a basic knowledge on marine and estuarine phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are tiny free-floating biotic components of the aquatic ecosystem. These drifting biological chips of the aquatic system play an important role in maintaining the global carbon cycle and also in spinning the marine food web. It is well known that phytoplankton are the source of fossil fuels, and form the foundation stone of world fishery. However, phytoplankton sometimes causes adverse impact on the marine and estuarine environments. Toxic phytoplankton, when consumed by shellfish or other species often affect the marine food chain including poisoning of sea birds, mammals and even human. Recent internet reference (http://oceanlink.island.net/ask/pollution.html) has revealed that phytoplankton into the atmosphere. This compound can transform into sulphuric acid and eventually may contribute to acid rain. The zooplankton occupy the tier next to phytoplankton in the marine food web and form important linkage between the primary and secondary production of the oceans. The present book has focussed on the habitat, taxonomy and ecological role played by the planktonic community in the marine and estuarine compartments. This book can enrich the knowledge of the students on marine ecosystem, the process of sampling, preservation and diversity study of planktonic species in the saline environment. Some case studies have been given highlighting the diversity of plankton in the northwestern Bay of Bengal. Annotated suggested references and internet references have been added at the back of each chapter for those students interested in pursuing further information on this particular branch of environmental science.
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About the author: Abhijit Mitra
Dr. Abhijit Mitra, a Faculty Member of the Department of Marine Science, University of Calcutta has been active in the sphere of Marine Biology since 1985.... Read more
Dr. Abhijit Mitra, a Faculty Member of the Department of Marine Science, University of Calcutta has been active in the sphere of Marine Biology since 1985. He secured the first position in the first class in M.Sc examination according to the order of merit and obtained his Ph.D degree as NET qualified scholar from the University of Calcutta. He served as a Senior Research Fellow of Calcutta Port Trust to monitor the impact of pollution on mangrove biodiversity. He also served as a Scientist in the Ministry of Environment and Forests project, Government of India to evaluate the fish juvenile loss due to wild harvest of prawn seeds for meeting the demand of shrimp culture farms in coastal West Bengal. In 1997, he joined the World Wide Fund for Nature - India (Eastern Region). As a Senior programme Officer. He took the charge of co-ordinator in the World Bank Funded project on the Leopard depredation problem in the North Bengal during the tenure of his service at WWF - Indian (Eastern Region). He provided consultancy services to several environmental impact assessment projects like Bakreshwar Thermal Power Project, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) project, Feasibility study for setting up shrimp culture farms in the North east coast of the Bay of Bengal, fish landing station in coastal West Bengal etc. In 2002, he was selected as a pisciculture specialist for formulating a project on livelihood improvement in Sundarbans under Asian Development Bank (ADB). Dr. Abhijit Mitra is a member of many scientific committees in India and abroad and was invited to chair a session on Mangrove Macro benthic conference at Mombasa, Kenya (during 7th to 11th September, 2000). He has to his credit about 125 papers in various National and International Journals. He is also the author of 10 books in the sphere of Environmental Science.
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