Boron and marine life: A new look at an enigmatic bioelement

Carl J. Carrano, Stephen Schellenberg, Shady A. Amin, David H. Green, Frithjof C. Küpper

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On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of boron, we review the oceanic biogeochemistry of boron as well as suitable analytical techniques for its determination. This overview includes aspects of biogeochemistry including geochemical stable isotope variations, uptake, transport, storage, nutritional value, toxicity, and distribution within biological materials, providing a framework for discussion of the role of boron in marine organisms, which remains largely enigmatic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalMarine Biotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • AI-2
  • Algae
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Boromycin
  • Boron
  • Nutrient
  • Paleo-pH
  • Stable isotopes
  • Toxicity
  • Transport
  • Vibrioferrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Aquatic Science


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