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A phosphate alternative

A major player among the phytoplankton can exploit a source of phosphorus previously thought to be unavailable to it. That ability may provide an ecological advantage in nutrient-depleted regions of the open ocean.

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Figure 1: Phosphorus compounds used by Trichodesmium.


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Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A phosphate alternative. Nature 439, 25–26 (2006).

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