Meet the Most Abundant Photosynthesizing Cell in the Ocean

Prochlorococcus influences climate, ocean ecosystems and perhaps even evolution.

On March 9, Science magazine posted this video and a story about the work of Sallie W. (“Penny”) Chisholm, an investigator with the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). The coverage describes Chisholm’s decades-long research on Prochlorococcus, an ocean microorganism essential to healthy ecosystem functioning. A main goal of her work is to enhance understanding of energy and carbon flow in global oceans. A deeper understanding of Prochlorococcus — from its genome to its role in the ecosystem — can aid in understanding these larger oceanic systems.

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