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Princeton-led Team Finds Secret Ingredient for the Health of Tropical Rainforests
December 9, 2008
A team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists has found for the first time, that tropical rainforests, a vital part of the Earth's ecosystem, rely on the rare trace element molybdenum to capture the nitrogen fertilizer needed to support their wildly productive growth. Most of the nitrogen that supports the rapid, lush growth of rainforests comes from tiny bacteria that can turn nitrogen in the air into fertilizer in the soil.
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