New paper on methylmercury bioavailability!

Top right: Principles for DOM-thiol controlled uptake of MeHg via thermodynamically or kinetically controlled mechanisms. Bottom right: Large, systematic decrease in DOM-thiols, and thereby increase in MeHg uptake across the terrestrial-marine aquatic continuum.

Research in Björn’s group show how the availability of methylmercury for incorporation at the base of the aquatic food web (by phytoplankton cellular uptake) is controlled by the concentration of thiol functional groups in dissolved organic matter. The research further shows how the concentration of DOM-thiols systematically decreases across the terrestrial-marine aquatic continuum.

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