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Diatom Shop is the online shop of DIATOM LAB, the scientific laboratory company based in the North of Italy with the VAT number IT 01635810193 (Partita IVA 01635810193), the registered name DIATOM LAB (di Stefano Barone), and classified as "Research and Development in the field of other Natural Sciences and Engineering"
Diatoms and Radiolarians are among the most fascinating microscopic forms to observe under a microscope!
Their beautiful and symmetrical shapes can lead us to reflect upon the wonder of Nature, leaving an impression of hypnotic beauty, magic, mathematics, mystery, spirituality, fun and awe. Some never tire of viewing favourite diatoms, revisiting them many times over the years.
Diatoms are also essential to life on Earth, and are classed as Phytoplankton, which contribute an estimated 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’ atmosphere, playing a major role in the regulation of atmospheric CO2 and forming an essential component of the food chain.
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Diatoms (Synonyms: Bacillariae or Bacillariophyta) belong to the Class Bacillariophyceae and can be divided into two major groups that are distinguished by the shape of the frustule (the siliceous parts of the diatom cell wall): the centric diatoms (radially symmetric) and the pennate diatoms (bilaterally symmetric).
Frustule is composed by two parts, the larger epitheca and the smaller hypotheca: the epitheca overlaps the hypotheca similar to a pill case.
The valve face of the diatom frustule is beautifully ornamented with pores (areolae), spines, processes, hyaline (=unornamented) areas and other distinguishing features that help in the identification!
Many Genera of living Diatoms are known, with an estimated 100000 extant species!