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Facing up to the phosphorus challenge

Løes, Anne-Kristin; Cooper, Julia and Gascoyne, Kate (2015) Facing up to the phosphorus challenge. Organic Farming magazine of Soil Association, UK, September 2015 (2), pp. 36-37.

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The loss of phosphorus in exported products is a concern for all organic producers. The team of CORE Organic Project "Improve-P" assess attitudes to alternative phosphorus fertilisers among organic stakeholders. This paper reports on results collected via a questionnaire at the National Soil Symposium in Solihull, UK November 2014. 58 respondents showed a large interest in recycled P fertilisers, e.g. derived from human urine. One respondent
who summed up the workshop in this way: Ultimately for sustainability we have to replace P, lost off farm but balance between purity and recycling is a difficult one. We
need to focus on making best use of P reserves in soil, for example deep-rooting green manures, efficient composting, P
scavenging plants, that is, getting more P into the organic fraction and sourcing less contaminated sources of P.


EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Keywords:Recycling, fertilisers, phosphorus, P, UK, Improve P, CORE Organic
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > IMPROVE-P
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
UK > Univ. Newcastle
Related Links:https://improve-p.uni-hohenheim.de/
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:29379
Deposited On:09 Oct 2015 12:42
Last Modified:06 Oct 2016 06:12
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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