467 pages, Tabs
Phosphorus is an essential element for plant growth and its input has long been recognised as necessary to maintain profitable crop production. However, phosphorus inputs can also increase the biological activity of surface waters and this can lead to the destruction of such aquatic ecosystems. Advanced eutrophication of surface water leads to problems with its use for fisheries, recreation, industry and drinking, due to the increased growth of undesirable algae and aquatic weeds, and oxygen shortages caused by their death and decomposition. It is therefore important to have a good understanding of the causes and mode of phosphorus loss from soil to water, to enable the problems to be controlled and managed.
"[This book] provides a comprehensive reference resource on the state of knowledge concerning the processes and mechanisms associated with phosphorus losses from fields and catchments....The book is essential reading for all soil scientists and agronomists as well as those in the fertilizer industry. It is also a thought-provoking resource for environmentalists, ecologists, and agriculturalists concerned with sustainable land management."--Journal of the American Water Resources Association
"I recommend this book for those scientists and managers interested in the biogeochemistry of phosphorus, the movement of P and other pollutants through the landscape, nonpoint-source pollution, and the role of agriculture in aquatic eutrophication. The book provides an interesting mix of process-level studies, landscape and watershed analysis, and management concerns. The book succeeds in making a strong case for the importance of agriculture in P losses to aquatic ecosystems, and discusses
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