Unformatted text preview: terms of photosynthetic pigments and some other characteristics. There are also about 10,000 Prochlorococcus cells/ml. How big is a ml (milliliter)?
How big is a ml (milliliter)?
• A milliliter is one thousandth of a Liter and is roughly as big as the end of your thumb.
• A 12 oz beer bottle holds about 330 ml
OK, and each ml of seawater Has about 20,000 cyanobacterial
Cells. So a bottle of beer
Could hold about 6.6 million Prochlorococcus (left) and Synechococcus(right), being the Prochlorococcus (left) and Synechococcus(right), being the size of bacteria, were very difficult to discover and weren’t observed in the sea until specialized microscopes were able to detect them through the fluorescence of their photosynthetic pigments. Compare these prokaryotic Compare these prokaryotic cyanobacteria with the smallest eukaryote Together, Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus Together, are responsible for at least half of the photosynthesis among the oceanic plankton! • The cells are so s...
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- Fall '08
- Darwin, Phytoplankton, euphotic zone