Journal article

Inositol phosphates in the environment

BL Turner, MJ Paphazy, PM Haygarth, ID McKelvie

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences | ROYAL SOC LONDON | Published : 2002


The inositol phosphates are a group of organic phosphorus compounds found widely in the natural environment, but that represent the greatest gap in our understanding of the global phosphorus cycle. They exist as inositols in various states of phosphorylation (bound to between one and six phosphate groups) and isomeric forms (e.g. myo, D-chiro, scyllo, neo), although myo-inositol hexakisphosphate is by far the most prevalent form in nature. In terrestrial environments, inositol phosphates are principally derived from plants and accumulate in soils to become the dominant class of organic phosphorus compounds. Inositol phosphates are also present in large amounts in aquatic environments, where ..

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