Phosphorus Dynamics in Lake Water

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Science  16 Feb 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4074, pp. 678-680
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4074.678


An exchange mechanism exists in lake water between phosphate and plankton, but the excretion of an organic phosphorus compound by the plankton is also a significant process. It results in the extracellular formation of a colloidal substance, and most of the nonparticulate phosphorus in lake water is in this form.