Diatoms discovered to remove phosphorus from oceans

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 14:35 in Earth & Climate

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new way that phosphorus is naturally removed from the oceans - its stored in diatoms. The discovery opens up a new realm of research into an element that`s used for reproduction, energy storage and structural materials in every organism. Its understanding is vital to the continued quest to understand the growth of the oceans. The research appears in the May 2, 2008 edition of the journal Science.

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