marine microbes revealed on a grand scale

Marine microbes matter.

These tiny, nearly invisible plants and animals play an important role in keeping the planet healthy and balanced, well beyond their diminutive size.

They also are stunningly beautiful...

Marine microbes produce half the oxygen we breathe.

They are the base of the food chain. Without them, the food source for billions of people would be threatened.

Microbes also offer the potential for discoveries of new pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and fuel sources and have the potential to mitigate the effects of climate change.