Contact: Elaine Bible
San Francisco State University
Caption: San Francisco State University researcher William Cochlan checks a culture of phytoplankton diatoms, taken out of a cell incubator at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Cochlan's latest study finds that nitrogen that enters the ocean -- regardless of its source -- fuels the growth of a toxic phytoplankton species.
Credit: Chris Ikeda/SF State
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