SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science

Phosphorus

An Element that could have been called Lucifer

Authors: Butusov, Mikhail, Jernelöv, Arne

  • 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
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​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.​

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Role of Phosphorus in the Origin of Life and in Evolution

    Butusov, Mikhail (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Phosphorus in the Organic Life: Cells, Tissues, Organisms

    Butusov, Mikhail (et al.)

    Pages 13-17

  • Phosphorus in Social Life

    Butusov, Mikhail (et al.)

    Pages 19-22

  • Silent Underground Life

    Butusov, Mikhail (et al.)

    Pages 23-35

  • Fertilizers: 100 Years of Supremacy

    Butusov, Mikhail (et al.)

    Pages 37-52

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6803-5
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6802-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phosphorus
Book Subtitle
An Element that could have been called Lucifer
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Mikhail Butusov and Arne Jernelöv
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6803-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6803-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6802-8
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 101
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
Topics