Prochlorococcus 20th Anniversary Colloquium

Over the last 20 years, Prochlorococcus has emerged from being a newly-discovered group of cyanobacteria to become a well-studied model marine microbe that is of global importance. What began as an observation of a novel group of small marine phytoplankton, Prochlorococcus is now recognized as a genetically and physiologically diverse cluster of marine cyanobacteria that represents a key component in marine ecology and global biogeochemical cycles. The 20 year anniversary of the first formal description of Prochlorococcus was marked by a special colloquium highlighting past achievements, current research and future directions in the study of this important organism and its close relative Synechococccus.

The two-day event included leaders from a variety of fields of study including biological oceanography, cyanobacteria, marine ecology, photosynthesis, genomics and biogeochemistry all of which have contributed to the understanding of Prochlorococcus and its close relatives. Researchers from all levels of experience, from undergraduates to professors, participated. A summary of the presentations and activities is in the program. The colloquium was highlighted on National Public Radio's Science Friday by Joe Palca and was titled, "The most important microbe that you've never heard of." We look forward to having another colloquium in the near future. If you would like to be informed of future Prochlorococcus meetings, please add your name to our email list.

Dr. Zackary Johnson (University of Hawaii)

Dr. Sallie (Penny) Chisholm (MIT)


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Sponsored in part by the Agouron Institute, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the MIT Earth Systems Initiative, the Chesonis Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative and C-MORE.
Last updated: July 26, 2008


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