The Ratios of Life

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Science  09 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5621, pp. 906-907
DOI: 10.1126/science.1083140

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Ecological Stoichiometry The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere. Robert W. Sterner and James J. Elser. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2002. 463 pp., illus. $75, £52. ISBN 0-691-07490-9. Paper, $29.95, £19.95. ISBN 0-691-07491-7.

Sterner and Elser build a case for the important role that understanding the distribution of elements in organisms will play in making sense of ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic.