Prochlorococcus: The microbe supplying 5% of the world’s photosynthesis

Penny Chrisholm is an expert on Prochlorococcus. In fact, MIT’s professor of Biological Oceanography has dedicated the last 30 years of the career to researching this incredible microbe.

Prochlorococcus is an intriguing organism. It influences our climate and may have even fueled the surge of early life in the oceans hundreds of millions of years ago, according to new research by Chrisholm and her team.

Learn more about Professor Chrisholm and her favourite microbe here.


PHOTO: N. WATSON AND L. THOMPSON, MIT

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