Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany


Why do people care?

Diatoms are one of the most important and abundant components of marine phytoplankton. This abundance, along with some of the niftier features that make diatoms unique, is the key to their importance in marine biology and ecology, industry, and paleoecology.

copyright John Becker 1996.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009