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Soil Phosphorus

1st Edition

Edited by Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart

CRC Press

339 pages | 15 Color Illus. | 47 B/W Illus.

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Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient, but global population growth has dramatically reduced the availability of phosphorus fertilizer resources. Despite this scarcity, there remain numerous problems associated with the excessive and inappropriate use of phosphorus leading to non-point source pollution and eutrophication of natural waters. Identifying appropriate systems for managing soil phosphorus and reducing the risks of eutrophication are needed to minimize the environmental risks. This book focuses on the availability and recycling of phosphorus; regulatory and policy issues of sustainable phosphorus use; and water quality management in agroecosystems pertaining to phosphorus. Sections are dedicated to global phosphorus reserves; cycling and pathways of phosphorus; phosphorus in agriculture; human dimensions and policy intervention; and research and development priorities.

Phosphorus is a finite but crucial resource and is an essential element to all life. Sub-optimal availability and nutrient imbalance in the root zone can adversely impact plant growth, and the quality of food and feed grown on these soils. However, the proven reserves of phosphorus can hardly be adequate for a few centuries only. Yet, its misuse and mismanagement has caused severe problems of eutrophication of water and pollution of the environment. Thus, judicious management of soil phosphorus is essential. This volume is specifically devoted to availability and recycling of phosphorus, regulatory/policy issues of sustainable use of phosphorus, and management in agroecosystems in the context of maximizing the use efficiency and minimizing the environmental risks of water quality.

Table of Contents

The Global Phosphorus Cycle

Gabriel M. Filippelli

Positive and Negative Effects of Phosphorus Fertilizer on U.S. Agriculture and the Environment

B. A. Stewart, Pramod Pokhrel, and Mahendra Bhandari

Coupled Cycling of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus

Daniel Sebastian Goll

Phosphorus in Soil and Plant in Relation to Human Nutrition and Health

Rajendra Prasad, Samendra Prasad, and Rattan Lal

Phosphorus Management

Rajendra Prasad, Yashvir Singh Shivay, Kaushik Majumdar, and Samendra Prasad

Phosphorus Effluxes from Lake Sediments

Sergei Katsev

Economic and Policy Issues of Phosphorus Management in Agroecosystems

Otto C. Doering III

Phosphorus Fertilization and Management in Soils of Sub- Saharan Africa

Andrew J. Margenot, Bal R. Singh, Idupulapati M. Rao, and Rolf Sommer

Phosphorus and the Environment

Rattan Lal

Enhancing Efficiency of Phosphorus Fertilizers through Formula Modifications

Ruiqiang Liu and Rattan Lal

Soil Phosphorus Cycling in Tropical Soils: An Ultisol and Oxisol Perspective

Sasha C. Reed and Tana E. Wood

The Use of Phosphorus Radioisotopes to Investigate Soil Phosphorus Dynamics and Cycling in Soil–Plant Systems

Long Nguyen, Felipe Zapata, and Joseph Adu-Gyamfi

Pathways and Fate of Phosphorus in Agroecosystems

Rattan Lal

About the Editors

Rattan Lal, Ph.D, is professor of soil physics and director of the Carbon Management & Sequestration Center at Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.

B.A. Stewart, Ph.D, is distinguished professor of agriculture and director of the Dryland Agriculture Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, USA.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General