Did you know that Diatoms are incredible organisms? They perform 45% of the primary biomass production in the oceans!
Diatomaceous earth substance, derived from their silica skeletons, can be used to clean, disinfect, get rid of pests, and is even used by companies to filter everything from pool water to beer.
Finally, Diatoms regular silica structure could be used to prove the amazing resolution of microscopes, as in the case of our 3D Cell Explorer!
Thanks to Dr. Ulrich Claessen and Dr. Karl Knop for providing the nice slice sample.