Researchers from the University of Georgia will use a $727,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to find out why the population of Thaumarchaeota, a single-cell organism, blooms drastically each year around July 4 in the coastal waters in the southeastern U.S. The rapid blooms affect the availability of nitrogen as well as the area's fertility. Researchers hope to find out more about the organism, which plays a key role in Earth's nitrogen cycle, says principal investigator James Hollibaugh.

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