Mysterious form of phosphorus explained

Finding that marine microbes churn out phosphonates may alter scientists’ understanding of global nutrient circulation

Sea sawdust cyanobacterium

MUG SHOT  Along with accomplices, cyanobacteria in the genus Trichodesmium, aka sea sawdust (shown), convert phosphorus into an unconventional chemical state, potentially upending scientists’ understanding of nutrient exchanges.

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