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Phosphorus - a Limited Resource that could be made Limitless
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: SYMPHOS 2011 - 1ST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE PHOSPHATE INDUSTRY, Elsevier , 2012, Vol. 46, 228-233 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Phosphorus is a non-substitutable component in all living plants and organisms and thus a crucial element in the food chain. The use of fertilizers derived from phosphate rock has made increases in food production possible and reduced malnourishment since the mid-20th century. Recent worries about a future shortage of phosphorus have sparked a debate over the lifespan of existing reserves. In this article, the author focuses on improved management of the phosphorus we have access to, and argue the case that halting present wastage of phosphorus and reuse/recycling nutrients in waste products can make phosphorus (almost) limitless.

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Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 46, 228-233 p.
, Procedia Engineering, ISSN 1877-7058
Keyword [en]
phosphorus; recycle; reuse; sustainable use; phosphorus scarcity; demand management
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96544DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2012.09.469ISI: 000314470200029OAI: diva2:642281
1st International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry (SYMPHOS)
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