Struvite and prebiotic phosphorylation.

@article{Handschuh1973StruviteAP,
  title={Struvite and prebiotic phosphorylation.},
  author={G. J. Handschuh and Leslie E. Orgel},
  journal={Science},
  year={1973},
  volume={179 4072},
  pages={483-4}
}
Struvite, MgNH(4)PO(4).6H(2)O, rather than apatite or amorphous calcium phosphate is precipitated when phosphate is added to seawater containing more than 0.01M NH(4)(+) ions. Struvite may have precipitated from evaporating seawater on the primitive earth, and may have been important for prebiotic phosphorylation.