The concept of “salt water” in the oceans could change thanks to the discovery of large reserves of sugar that have not yet been noticed, and were revealed in Nature’s environment and evolution.
Scientists and specialists reported that weeds such as weeds release sucrose to the sea floor, and according to estimates, the amount can reach 1.3 million tons, a figure equivalent to 32 billion cans of Coca-Cola.
“Under medium light conditions, these plants use most of the sugars they produce for metabolism and growth. But under bright light conditions, say midday or during summer, they produce more sugar than they can use or store.”
“Then they release the excess sucrose into the roots (the area of soil closest to the roots). It looks like it’s an overflow valve,” explains Nicole Dobellier, of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany.
The study also highlights that this released sugar is not consumed by marine microorganisms, as plants also emit phenolic compounds that slow down the metabolism of these biological systems.
Notably, marine vegetation is an important part of carbon sequestration in oceans and coastal ecosystems, as an area of seagrass can absorb twice as much carbon as a forest of the same size on land, in addition to doing so 35 times faster.
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