Prochlorococcus spp.
Scale 1 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1


Play: Prochlorococcus is a PLANKTON SPECIES.

Fact: This is possibly the Earth’s most plentiful species & accounts for an estimated 20% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.

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Photo by David Patterson and Bob
Prochlorococcus is a genus of very small (0.6 µm) marine cyanobacteria with an unusual pigmentation (chlorophyll b). These bacteria belong to the photosynthetic picoplankton and are probably the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth. Microbes of the genus Prochlorococcus are among the major primary producers in the ocean, responsible for at least 20% of atmospheric oxygen.[1] Analysis of the genome sequences […] read more