Why It Matters: Protists

Why discuss the organisms in Kingdom Protista?

Protists exist as a kind of “grey area” in biology. The organisms found in this kingdom are varied, and¬†often seem like they might be more closely related to organisms in another kingdom: some protists resemble bacteria, some resemble fungi, and some resemble plants.

One group of these plant-like protists are the micro-algae. Watch this video to learn how these microscopic organisms could serve as a future fuel source:

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the common characteristics of protists
  • Classify protists into unique categories
  • Describe the role that protists play in the ecosystem