About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.

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Post by pinkypig » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:18 pm

Hi i wanted to know why its so important for bacteria to have a phosphate source? i mean what would happen if they didn't have one? could'nt they use any other alternatives?

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Post by canalon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:38 am

Because they cannot do transmutation of atoms ;-)
There might be bacteria able to work from elemntal phosphorus, but most of them need the phosphate to grow.

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