Opportunities for better phosphorus use in agriculture

Cargele Masso, Fusuo Zhang, Tapan Adhya, Martin Blackwell, Katrina Macintosh, Penny J Johnes , Philip M. Haygarth, Paul Withers, Gu Feng, Haigang Li, Chaochun Zhang, Jiechen Wu, Jianbo Shen, Marc Stutter, Lingyun Cheng, Will Brownlie

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Low phosphorus use efficiency (~20%) and high phosphorus losses from agricultural land to waterbodies is a growing global problem and exacerbated by climate change and rainfall extremes. Fertiliser use can be optimised and should consider all nutrients. Widespread soil phosphorus testing is required. In some regions appropriate control limits on phosphorus inputs will be needed, whilst in others an increase in P inputs will be required to improve/maintain agricultural productivity. An integrated approach to improve phosphorus use efficiency, reduce losses and increase recycling throughout the food production and consumption chain is needed. A multi-stakeholder approach will, therefore, be critical.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOur Phosphorus Future
Subtitle of host publicationTowards global phosphorus sustainability
EditorsW.J Brownlie, M.A Sutton, K.V Heal, D.S Reay, B.M Spears
PublisherUK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh
ISBN (Print)978-1-906698-79-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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