Characterising copper biogeochemistry in marine systems
Copper (Cu) has often been termed a Goldilocks element regarding its role in marine systems. This is because copper is beneficial at low free Cu(II) ion concentrations and toxic at higher free Cu(II) ion concentrations to many phototrophic primary producers. Thus, there is a defined window where Cu concentrations are optimal for biological uptake by marine algae. Complexation of dissolved Cu by natural organic ligands is vital in defining the free Cu(II) ion concentration window but critically,...[Show more]
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