What would happen if all phytoplankton died?

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asked Oct 22, 2022 in Other-Environment by Cherryredhot (6,450 points)
What would happen if all phytoplankton died?

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answered Nov 11, 2022 by bigcrowdcomedown (1,300 points)
If all of the phytoplankton died there would be a complete collapse of our aquatic ecosystem which would also increase levels of carbon in the air and also accelerate climate change much faster and further.

The loss of phytoplankton would be a huge problem for marine food chains because every creature in the ocean either eats phytoplankton or eats other organisms that depend on it.

If the numbers of phytoplankton start to decrease, the populations of these species would drop as well.

Phytoplankton is used as a supplement for humans as well as food for sea creatures and also for the base of several aquatic food webs and to keep a balanced ecosystem.

Phytoplankton is worth taking because of it's ability to strengthen your cell membranes and also induce cell regeneration.

Phytoplankton is high in Vitamin E, bioflavonoids, beta-Carotene and alanine which also helps strengthen and improve your immune system.

The side effects of taking phytoplankton are nausea, burping, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, stomach pain or stomach discomfort, joint pain and heartburn.

Phytoplankton does expire and has a shelf life of around 12 months.

Phytoplankton will also settle out of suspension and also die if left packed down on the bottom too long.

Phytoplankton does not need to be refrigerated as it contains preserving agents which prevent the phytoplankton from going bad.

You can keep phytoplankton at room temperature and it will be just fine.

Phytoplankton is edible and is most often eaten as a supplement.

When phytoplankton is eaten as a supplement it's thought to be a mood lifter and is recommended as an addition to depression diet treatment plans.

Phytoplankton Supplementation Lowers Muscle Damage and Sustains Performance across Repeated Exercise Bouts in Humans and Improves Antioxidant Capacity in a Mechanistic Animal.

The phytoplankton powder tastes green, healthy, slightly aquatic.

Not disimilar to spirulina, chlorella or wild blue green algae if you've ever taste those but, we think, milder, sweeter and more palatable.

If you have any problem with the taste of phytoplankton, simply mix it into juice or a smoothie and you won't notice it!

Phytoplankton and algae form the bases of aquatic food webs.

They are eaten by primary consumers like zooplankton, small fish, and crustaceans.

Primary consumers are in turn eaten by fish, small sharks, corals, and baleen whales.

Most phytoplankton are harmless to animals.

However, a few species can produce toxic, or poisonous, chemicals.

Some dinoflagellates and diatoms can make poisonous compounds that cause diarrhea, paralysis, dizziness, and even memory loss.

Not only do marine phytoplankton toxins cause seafood poisoning, but they also induce skin, liver, hepatic, and gastrointestinal tumor promotion activity.

Additionally, the toxins cause allergic reactions, irritants, headaches, and several other diseases.

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