PlancZEu project

Analyzing the planktonic communities of the Brazilian oceanic islands.

Plankton is constitute of microscopic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, protists and small multicellular organisms that, in addition to producing half of the planet’s oxygen through photosynthesis, act as carbon sinks, influence the climate and form the basis of the food chain of Fish and marine mammals.

Considering the importance of these microscopic animals for the balance and functioning of marine ecosystems, the PlancZEu (Plankton of the Eupofotic Zone) project is aimed at analyzing the dynamics of the planktonic communities of the Brazilian oceanic islands – São Pedro and São Paulo (ASPSP) Martim Vaz and Trindade archipelagos – as well as the marine region that separates them, relating the data of biodiversity and distribution with the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen and with the physical characteristics of the water column.