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2014 News in Brief



Basic research uncovers the ‘invisible pasture of the sea’

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Sallie (Penny) ChisholmPBS NewsHour reporter Rebecca Jacobson spent an afternoon in Professor Sallie (Penny) Chisholm’s laboratory documenting Chisholm’s work with the photosynthetic bacteria Prochloroccocus. The phytoplankton, discovered by Chisholm and colleagues in 1985, provides an estimated 5-10 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.