Tiny but abundant organism plays huge role in oceans

Radio Canada interviewed Patrick Keeling, a UBC microbiologist, about his research on the abundance of single-celled diplonemids in the ocean.

“The first thing was that we confirmed they really are abundant,” he said. “The other thing that we found was that they’re really diverse…We also found that their behaviour was a little bit greater than what we were expecting. They eat more diverse creatures in the ocean including some apparently really large algae. And that has an impact on what role they’re having in the ocean ecosystem.”