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  • An Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team found genes for production of phytase enzymes that would be released by tropical soil microbes. Phytase enzymes will attack phytate molecules, releasing much needed phosphate molecules for the microbes’ survival. The soil samples were collected in phosphorus-rich and -poor experimental sites at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama.
    Melanie Mayes and Andy Sproles/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
    An Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team found genes for production of phytase enzymes that would be released by tropical soil microbes. Phytase enzymes will attack phytate molecules, releasing much needed phosphate molecules for the microbes’ survival. The soil samples were collected in phosphorus-rich and -poor experimental sites at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama.
  • Soil scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory uncovered how certain microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem.
    Melanie Mayes/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
    Soil scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory uncovered how certain microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem.




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