Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future

ISBN : 9780199916832

Karl A. Wyant; Jessica R. Corman; James J Elser
256 Pages
162 x 237 mm
Pub date
Aug 2013
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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. Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future will bring together the necessary multi-disciplinary perspectives to build a cohesive knowledge base of phosphorus sustainability. The book is a direct continuation of processes associated with the first international conference on sustainable phosphorus held in the United States, the Frontiers in Life Sciences: Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, though it is not a book of conference proceedings; rather, the book is part of an integrated, coordinated process that builds on the momentum of the Summit. The first chapter will introduce the biological and chemical necessity of phosphorus. The subsequent ten chapters will explore different facets of phosphorus sustainability and the role of policy on future global phosphorus supplies. The final chapter will synthesize all of the emerging views contained in the book, drawing out the leading dilemmas and opportunities for phosphorus sustainability.


Table of Contents
Jessica R. Corman, Karl A. Wyant, Lisa Taylor, David Iwaniec, Rebecca Hale
Chapter 1: Introduction to P sustainability
P is for Philosophy and Process
Genevieve S. Metson, Karl A. Wyant, Daniel L. Childers
Chapter 2: The Biology and Ecology of Phosphorus in Biota,
Natural Ecosystems, & Agroecosystems
P is for Phosphorus
James J. Elser, William A. Roberts, Philip M. Haygarth
Chapter 3: Global Phosphorus: Geological Sources and
Demand-Driven Production
P is for Price
Donald Burt, Marion Dumas, Nathaniel Springer, David A. Vaccari
Chapter 4: Sustainable P in agriculture: Food and fuel
P is for Productivity
Val H. Smith, Cecil W. Forsberg, Roberto A. Gaxiola, Thomas W. Crawford, Jr., Andrew R. Sharpley, Laura Schreeg, Ben Chaffin
Chapter 5: Phosphorus in urban and agricultural landscapes
P is for Preservation
Shelby H. Riskn, Gaston Small, Robert Mikkelsen Genevieve Metson, Anna Bateman, James Cooper, Ola Stedje Hanserud, Philip M. Haygarth, Cecilia Laspoumaderes, Michelle McCrackin, Sonya Remington
Chapter 6: Phosphorus Recovery and Reuse
P is for Processing
Hiroko Yoshida, Kimo van Dijk, Aleksandra Drizo, Steven W. Van Ginkel, Kazuyo Matsubae, Mark Buehrer
Chapter 7: Cultural beliefs, values, and the biogeochemical cycling of P
P is for People
Timothy Crews, James Cotner, Carol McCreary
Chapter 8: How MFA, transdisciplinarity, complex adaptive systems thinking, and education reform are keys to better managing P
P is for Parity
Rebecca Cors, Kazuyo Matsubae, Anita Street
Chapter 9: Future Scenarios for the Sustainable Use of
Global Phosphorus Resources
P is for Preferred (p)Futures
Daniel L. Childers, Zachary Caple, Cynthia Carlielle-Marquet, Dana Cordell, Vanda Gerhart, David Iwaniec, Stuart White
Chapter 10: Concluding Remarks: Synthesis and Initial Steps towards a Sustainable Phosphorus Future
P is for Planning
Jessica R. Corman, Karl A. Wyant, James J. Elsner

About the author: 

James Elser is Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Karl Wyant and Jessica Corman are graduate students who organized the Frontiers in Life Sciences: Sustainable Phosphorus Summit at Arizona State University.

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