The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet | Penny Chisholm

published 5 months ago by TED Conferences LLC

Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for millions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn't discovered until the mid-1980s -- but its ancient genetic code may hold clues to how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

I'd like to introduce you to a tiny micro organism. They've probably never heard of its name is folklore caucus and it's really an amazing little being. For one thing its ancestors. Change the earth in ways that made it possible for us to involve. And hidden in its genetic code is a blueprint. That may inspire ways to reduce our dependency on fossil fuel. But the most amazing thing is that there are 3000000000 of these tiny cells on the planet and we didn't know they existed until 35 years ago. So to tell you their story I need to first take you way back. 4000000000 years ago when the earth might look something like this ...

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