• Oceanographers solve mystery of phytoplankton survival in nutrient-poor Pacific

    One year ago - By Phys.org

    Upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean provides essential nutrients for the region's microscopic plants, but iron - a key ingredient that facilitates nitrogen consumption - is in short supply. To compensate, the phytoplankton band together to recycle the scarce metal and retain it in their upper-ocean habitat, scientists at the University of California, Irvine have discovered.
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