• Konrad Mengel
  • Ernest A. Kirkby
  • Harald Kosegarten
  • Thomas Appel


Phosphorus in soils occurs almost exclusively in the form of orthophosphate with total P concntrations usually in the range of 500–800 mg/kg dry soil. Quite a substantial amount of this P is associated with organic matter and in mineral soils the proportion of organic P lies between 20 and 80% of the total P.


Soil Solution Phosphate Concentration Soluble Phosphate Phosphate Uptake Organic Phosphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konrad Mengel
    • 1
  • Ernest A. Kirkby
    • 2
  • Harald Kosegarten
    • 1
  • Thomas Appel
    • 3
  1. 1.Justus Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany
  2. 2.School of BiologyUniversity LeedsUK
  3. 3.University of Applied SciencesBingenGermany

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