Accelerated dissolution of diatom silica by marine bacterial assemblages

@article{Bidle1999AcceleratedDO,
  title={Accelerated dissolution of diatom silica by marine bacterial assemblages},
  author={K. Bidle and F. Azam},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={397},
  pages={508-512}
}
  • K. Bidle, F. Azam
  • Published 1999
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • Downward fluxes of biogenic silica and organic matter in the global ocean derive dominantly from the productivity of diatoms — phytoplankton with cell walls containing silica encased in an organic matrix,. As diatoms have an absolute requirement for silicon (as silicic acid), its supply into the photic zone — largely by silica dissolution and upwelling — controls diatom production (and consequently the biological uptake of atmospheric CO2 by the ocean) over vast oceanic areas. Current… CONTINUE READING
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