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PHOSPHATES

Definition

A common inorganic element. Phosphorus is one of the most important nutrients in primary productivity and it is involved in many metabolic processes occurring in nucleic acids, in ATP ADP and AMP as well as in membrane phospholipids. The forms of phosphorus found in natural waters are usually reported as ionisation products, of orthophosphoric acid (H3PO4) and are colloquially referred to as "phosphates".

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