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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2001 Jun;4(3):341-8.

Marine nitrogen fixation: what's the fuss?

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Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Biological Sciences, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, California 90089-0374, USA.


Biological nitrogen fixation is a much more important process in the nitrogen cycle of the oceans than previously thought. Further, nitrogen fixation may have an influence on the capacity of the oceans to sequester carbon. A greater diversity of marine nitrogen fixers has also been uncovered but their quantitative significance remains to be determined.

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