COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Tiny bacterium provides window into whole ecosystems
Description: The smallest of all photosynthetic bacterium called Prochlorococcus holds clues to the evolution of entire ecosystems, and perhaps even the whole biosphere. New research shows that this diminutive creature's metabolism has evolved in a way that may have helped trigger the rise of other organisms, to form a more complex marine ecosystem. Its evolution may even have helped to drive global changes that made possible the development of Earth's more complex organisms. [Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
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Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publish Date: 3/27/2017
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