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Phosphorus cycle

A broken biogeochemical cycle

Nature volume 478, pages 2931 (06 October 2011) | Download Citation

Excess phosphorus is polluting our environment while, ironically, mineable resources of this essential nutrient are limited. James Elser and Elena Bennett argue that recycling programmes are urgently needed.

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  1. James Elser is at the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

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  2. Elena Bennett is at the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and McGill School of Environment, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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