Marine Nitrogen Fixation: What's the Fuss?

Curr Opin Microbiol. 2001 Jun;4(3):341-8. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5274(00)00215-0.

Abstract

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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution
  • Iron
  • Nitrogen
  • Nitrogen Fixation*
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Phosphorus
  • Water Microbiology*

Substances

  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Nitrogen