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Acquisition and Utilization of Transition Metal Ions by Marine Organisms

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 207-209
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.207

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Recent research has revealed that trace metals, particularly transition metals, play important roles in marine productivity. Most of the work has been on iron, which shows a nutrient- depleted profile in the upper ocean. Marine organisms have a variety of means for acquiring iron and other transition metal ions that differ from those of terrestrial organisms.

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