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In the Seattle lab, the team cultured 36 species of marine microbes and then tested their ability to produce sulfonates. Each phytoplankton type has its own unique set of pigments that absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light, creating the range of colors in the test tubes.Bryndan Durham/University of Washington

Study tracks sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

How photosynthetic microbes and ocean bacteria use sulfur, a plentiful marine nutrient?
New properties of sulfur atom discovered

New properties of sulfur atom discovered

Sulfur is the 10th most abundant element in the universe. Today, it's most common use is in the manufacture of sulfuric acid, which in...