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How do phytoplankton survive scarcity of a critical nutrient?

June 5, 2014

researchers around a water sampling rosette How do phytoplankton survive when the critical element phosphorus is difficult to find? Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences conducted the most comprehensive survey of the content and distribution of a form of phosphorus called polyphosphate, or poly-P, in the western North Atlantic. What they found was surprising. Full Story

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