chapter  26
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Microbially Mediated Processes

Both phosphorus (P) and sulfur (S) are indispensable for living organisms. Phosphorus is contained in DNA and RNA and as such is important with respect to storing and reading genetic information. Phosphorus is also found in ATP and its derivatives, and is vital for energy storage and transfer in the cell. Finally, phosphorus is present in phospholipids that are important components of cell membranes.