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Shunt or shuttle

Nutrient availability influences the susceptibility of marine primary producers to viral infection. For diatoms in iron-limited waters, reduced infection rates impact marine biogeochemical cycles by enhancing the flux of material to depth.

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Fig. 1: Fate of carbon and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) fixed by infected diatoms.


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Poulton, A.J. Shunt or shuttle. Nat. Geosci. 14, 181–183 (2021).

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