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The future of phosphorus in our hands

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journal contribution
posted on 2024-06-13, 09:31 authored by JG Shepherd, R Kleemann, J Bahri-Esfahani, L Hudek, L Suriyagoda, E Vandamme, KC van Dijk
We live in a global phosphorus (P) system paradox. P access is becoming increasingly limiting, leading to food insecurity but at the same time an over-application or abundance of P in many agricultural and urban settings is causing environmental degradation. This has been recognised in the academic literature and at regulatory levels, but swift action and multi-level cooperation of all stakeholders is required to ensure the economically, environmentally and socially responsible use of P. To provide foundations for future cooperation, a conceptual model describing the elements of P need, P availability and P use in different systems and at different scales was developed during the Young Scientists Workshop in P Week 2014 in Montpellier, France. Here we describe our extended conceptual model and a theoretical P balance calculation tool for describing multi-scale P balances and imbalances to impartially advise all stakeholders on more sustainable P use across the world.

History

Journal

Nutrient cycling in agroecosystems

Volume

104

Pagination

281-287

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

1385-1314

eISSN

1573-0867

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Springer

Issue

3

Publisher

Springer