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Coexisting in a sea of competition

Diversity of life abounds on Earth, and there's no need to look any farther than the ocean's surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to grow: light and nutrients. A study by a team of scientists reveals how species of diatoms—one of several major types of marine phytoplankton—use resources in different ways to coexist in the same community.

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