Phosphorus: The Underrated Element for Feeding the World

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Predictions on the lifetime of phosphate (Pi) reserves usually take into account only the need for crop production. A recent report predicts the global need of chemical Pi fertilizer for sustaining productivity in cropland and grassland. Here we discuss the implications of these predictions for the lifetime of Pi reserves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-463
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Phosphorus reserves
  • crop plant improvement
  • food safety
  • phosphorus use optimization


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