The LifeWatch Italy national node has realised the Phytoplankton Virtual Research Environment (Phyto VRE) to support researches on phytoplankton assemblages and their relative structure, organization and ecological function.

Phytoplankton plays an important role in aquatic ecosystems because it accounts for most of global primary production and affects the biogeochemical processes, trophic dynamics and biodiversity architecture.

  • Stanca, E., Cellamare, M., & Basset, A. (2013) “Geometric shape as a trait to study phytoplankton distributions in aquatic ecosystems”. Hydrobiologia, 701(1), 99-116.
  • Stanca E., Roselli L., Cozzoli F., Rosati I., Fiore N. and Basset A. (2017) “Phytoplankton morphological and demographic traits computation in a virtual research environment Phyto VRE”, Abstract book of 52nd European Marine Biology Symposium, September 2017 Slovenia. ISBN 978-961-93486-5-9.
  • Stanca, E.; Fiore, N.; Rosati, I.; Vaira, L.; Cozzoli, F.; Basset, A. (2020) “Case study: LifeWatch Italy Phytoplankton VRE”, in: Zhao, Z. et al. Towards interoperable research infrastructures for environmental and earth sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12003: pp. 324-341.
  • Ilaria Rosati et al., 2017, A thesaurus for phytoplankton trait-based approaches: Development and applicability, Ecological Informatics, 42, 129-138, DOI:

The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.