Microbes and the marine phosphorus cycle
Dyhrman, Sonya T.
Ammerman, James W.
Van Mooy, Benjamin A. S.
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Phosphorus (P) is fundamental to life, and years of study in marine systems have built a broad understanding of the marine P cycle. Various aspects of marine P biogeochemistry have been reviewed previously (Benitez-Nelson, 2000; Paytan and McLaughlin, 2007). Here, we focus on recent advances in our understanding of marine P and the interactions between microbes and the P cycle. These advances come from a variety of disciplines, but generally highlight three main themes: (1) ocean microbes are adapted for surviving in a variable P environment, (2) the dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) pool likely plays a critical role in driving growth, metabolism, and community composition of ocean microorganisms, and (3) P is very rapidly cycled, which highlights its importance in marine systems.
Author Posting. © Oceanography Society, 2007. This article is posted here by permission of Oceanography Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Oceanography 20, 2 (2007): 110-116.