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Planktonbook: a guide to the microbial plankton diversity in the Ría de Vigo

AuthorsTeixeira, I. G. ; Figueiras, F. G. ; Cermeño, Pedro
Issue Date8-Sep-2014
CitationAbstracts IMSCC 2014: 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference: 37 (2014)
AbstractPlanktonbook is an open access facebook page that aims to show to the general public the amazing diversity of marine microbial plankton communities. The microbial plankton (including phytoplankton and the smallest-size zooplankton) are the organisms in the basis of aquatic food webs and directly involved in the biogeochemical cycles of major elements. These organisms have extremely diverse morphological shapes and complex behaviors that make them worthy of being seen despite being invisible to the human eye. The information provided on Planktonbook consists on the publication of 1 or 2 posts per week. These posts include photos and videos of microbial plankton with an accompanying text providing some degree of scientific information. Because our target is the general public, these accompanying texts are intended to be short and connect with the normal life. Texts are presented simultaneously in two languages: English and Spanish. Photos and videos are the result of Distral project deliverables, which include the analysis under the microscope of 290 seawater samples with the aim of increasing our knowledge on the biological richness of microbial plankton communities in the Ría de Vigo. Distral project (CTM2011-25035), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, has as partners the University of Vigo and the CSIC institutes: Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM) and Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM). Additional material resulting from other research projects will be included to give continuation to this page once Distral project ends up in December 2014. Since its creation on February 14th 2014, Planktonbook has increased in visibility at a rate of 2 “likes” per day, being followed at this time by almost 300 people. About 60% of the followers are Spanish, 10% Portuguese, 10% from UK and USA, with the remaining 20% belonging to various countries worldwide in Europe (eg. Italy, France, Germany), America (eg.Mexico, Brasil, Chile), Africa (eg.South Africa, Egypt), Asia (eg.Malasia, Thailand, South Korea) and Oceania (Australia)
Description1st International Marine Science Communication Conference (IMSCC 2014), 8-9 September 2014, Porto, Portugal.-- 1 page
Publisher version (URL)http://www.ciimar.up.pt/IMSCC2014/
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