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Phosphorus

An Element that could have been called Lucifer

Butusov, Mikhail, Jernelöv, Arne

2013, IX, 101 p. 27 illus., 17 illus. in color.

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  • Examines the role of phosphorous in the evolution of life
  • Describes the main functions of phosphorous in organic life
  • The authors touch upon recycling technologies for phosphorous
​This book starts with depiction of the phosphorus role in life creation and evolution. Then it outlines in which vital processes different phosphates participate in life of all flora and fauna, from DNA molecules till body tissues. Crucial function of phosphates was noticed long ago, but only in XIX century discovery of mineral fertilizers made it possible to sustain the needs of growing global population, thus initiating a “green revolution”. Though, for many decades after it, the complexity of interactions “fertilizer-soil-plant roots” was underrated, causing massive damages, such as soil destruction and eutrophication of waters. Still, mining of exhausting natural phosphate reserves continued worldwide. Lessons of what happened in XIX century due to scarcity of phosphates were ignored. In the meantime, production of phosphates reached its peak few years ago. Immediate implementation of phosphate recycling technologies from municipal wastes can help avoid imminent global disaster.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » fertilizer - phosphates - phosphorus

Related subjects » Agriculture - Chemistry - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Geology - Sustainable Development

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