Name of microbe: Chaetoceros

Where sample was found: Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site, April 18, 2017, surface water

Project: BATS

Photo credit: Rachel Parsons, BIOS

What role does the microbe play in the ecosystem: Chaetoceros is an abundant centric diatom found in the marine environment. It is an important phytoplankton capable of fixing carbon.

Interesting facts: Because of high growth rates and contain high concentrations of lipids, Chaetoceros has been used as a potential alga to harvest lipids for biofuels.