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Caltech Researchers Reveal Unexpected Sources of Nitrogen Fixation
October 15, 2009
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have identified an unexpected metabolic ability within a symbiotic community of microorganisms that may help solve a lingering mystery about the world's nitrogen-cycling budget. A paper about their work appears in the October 16 issue of the journal Science.
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