Phyto = Light/Plant” Plankton = “Floating/Suspended”
Phytoplankton is the stuff that shellfish eat – marine microalgae invisible to the human eye.
Scientists have studied the benefits of marine phytoplankton to humans for decades, but up until now, no one has had the technology to extract it from the ocean for human consumption.
Marine Phytoplankton are a major source of the Earth’s oxygen supply and is the most powerful and essential food on Earth.
Here are some things you must know about marine phytoplankton:
- They are tiny organisms with the ability to convert sunlight, warmth, water and minerals into edible nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and amino acids. These single-celled plants, are the basis of all other life forms on planet Earth and are the ‘vegetation’ of the ocean.
- They are consumed by the smallest to the largest forms of life. Whales that feed on plankton and krill are known to live up to 200 years.