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Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future

Karl A. Wyant, Jessica R. Corman, and James J. Elser


Phosphorus is essential to all life. A critical component of fertilizers, Phosphorus currently has no known substitute in agriculture. Without it, crops cannot grow. With too much of it, waterways are polluted. Across the globe, social, political, and economic pressures are influencing the biogeochemical cycle of phosphorus. A better understanding of this non-renewable resource and its impacts on the environment is critical to conserving our global supply and increasing agricultural productivity. Most of the phosphorus-focused discussion within the academic community is highly fragmented. This ... More

Keywords: phosphorus sustainability, fertilizer, agriculture, non-renewable resource, sustainable phosphorus, phosphorus supplies

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916832
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl A. Wyant, editor
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Jessica R. Corman, editor
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

James J. Elser, editor
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

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1 Introduction to P Sustainability

Genevieve S. Metson, Karl A. Wyant, Daniel L. Childers

3 Global Phosphorus: Geological Sources and Demand-Driven Production

Donald Burt, Marion Dumas, Nathaniel Springer, David A. Vaccari

4 Sustainable P in Agriculture: Food and Fuel

Val H. Smith, Cecil W. Forsberg, Roberto A. Gaxiola, Thomas W. Crawford, Jr., Andrew R. Sharpley, Laura Schreeg, Ben Chaffin

5 Phosphorus in Urban and Agricultural Landscapes

Shelby H. Riskin, Gaston Small, Robert Mikkelsen, Genevieve Metson, Anna Bateman, James Cooper, Ola Stedje Hanserud, Philip M. Haygarth, Cecilia Laspoumaderes, Michelle McCrackin, Sonya Remington

6 Phosphorus Recovery and Reuse

Hiroko Yoshida, Kimo C. van Dijk, Aleksandra Drizo, Steven W. van Ginkel, Kazuyo Matsubae, Mark Buehrer

7 Cultural Beliefs, Values, and the Biogeochemical Cycling of P

Timothy Crews, James Cotner, Carol McCreary

9 Future Scenarios for the Sustainable Use of Global Phosphorus Resources

Daniel L. Childers, Zachary Caple, Cynthia Carlielle-Marquet, Dana Cordell, Vanda Gerhart, David Iwaniec, Stuart White

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