Phosphorus

An Element that could have been called Lucifer

  • Mikhail Butusov
  • Arne Jernelöv

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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About this book

Introduction

​This book starts with depiction of the phosphorus role in life creation and evolution. Then it outlines in which vital processes different phosphates participate in life of all flora and fauna, from DNA molecules till body tissues. Crucial function of phosphates was noticed long ago, but only in XIX century discovery of mineral fertilizers made it possible to sustain the needs of growing global population, thus initiating a “green revolution”. Though, for many decades after it, the complexity of interactions “fertilizer-soil-plant roots” was underrated, causing massive damages, such as soil destruction and eutrophication of waters. Still, mining of exhausting natural phosphate reserves continued worldwide. Lessons of what happened in XIX century due to scarcity of phosphates were ignored. In the meantime, production of phosphates reached its peak few years ago. Immediate implementation of phosphate recycling technologies from municipal wastes can help avoid imminent global disaster.​

Keywords

fertilizer phosphates phosphorus

Authors and affiliations

  • Mikhail Butusov
    • 1
  • Arne Jernelöv
    • 2
  1. 1.ViennaAustria
  2. 2.WeinAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6803-5
  • Copyright Information Mikhail Butusov and Arne Jernelöv 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6802-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6803-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
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