under discussion
Created: May 31, 2023
Proposer: Corinne Derval
Proposed Date: 2020-11-13
Change Date: May 31, 2023, 2:06 p.m.
Term: mass_concentration_of_cryptophytes_expressed_as_chlorophyll_in_sea_water
Unit: mg m-3
Unit ref: UMMC
Mass concentration means mass per unit volume and is used in the construction mass_concentration_of_X_in_Y, where X is a material constituent of Y. A chemical or biological species denoted by X may be described by a single term such as "nitrogen" or a phrase such as "nox_expressed_as_nitrogen". The phrase "expressed_as" is used in the construction A_expressed_as_B, where B is a chemical constituent of A. It means that the quantity indicated by the standard name is calculated solely with respect to the B contained in A, neglecting all other chemical constituents of A. Chlorophylls are the green pigments found in most plants, algae and cyanobacteria; their presence is essential for photosynthesis to take place. There are several different forms of chlorophyll that occur naturally. All contain a chlorin ring (chemical formula C20H16N4) which gives the green pigment and a side chain whose structure varies. The naturally occurring forms of chlorophyll contain between 35 and 55 carbon atoms. Cryptophytes are flaggellated unicellular organisms attributable to nanophytoplanktonic component, very rich in fatty acids and therefore a high quality food source for herbivorous zooplankton.