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Building a better weapon against harmful algal blooms

December 21, 2018

Predicting and pinpointing which farming practices are most likely to protect against environmental harm is a complex proposition,…
UW-Madison helps communities create cleaner, greener wastewater

September 24, 2018

A process invented at UW–Madison is now removing phosphorus at Madison’s regional sewage treatment plant. Like many other…
Study reveals phosphorous-containing lipid in membrane activates cell proliferation

June 1, 2018

Researchers at the University of Tokyo revealed that a phosphorous-containting lipid in the membrane plays a critical role…
Researchers ID, map phosphorus pollution of global freshwater

March 5, 2018

Freshwater basins oversaturated with phosphorus covered nearly 40 percent of the world’s habitable land and supported almost 90…
Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high color quality

February 26, 2018

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has used data mining and computational…
Blame it on the rain: Study ties phosphorus loading in lakes to extreme precipitation events

January 18, 2018

While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining…
Less life: Limited phosphorus recycling suppressed early Earth’s biosphere

November 28, 2017

The amount of biomass – life – in Earth’s ancient oceans may have been limited due to low…
Organic phosphorus key to future food security and sustainability

September 19, 2017

Research into organic phosphorus is key to ensure future food security and environmental sustainability, according to an international…
A once forgotten element holds promise for the future of electronics

April 20, 2017

Discovered more than 100 years ago, black phosphorus was soon forgotten when there was no apparent use for…
Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban water

April 5, 2017

New research from the University of Minnesota points to lawn fertilizers and pet waste as the dominant sources…
Study quantifies role of ‘legacy phosphorus’ in reduced water quality

March 15, 2017

For decades, phosphorous has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of…
A Fertilizer Dearth Foiled Animal Evolution for Eons?

December 22, 2016

For three billion years or more, the evolution of the first animal life on Earth was ready to…
New System Affords Greater Flexibility on Using Phosphorus from Manure

December 19, 2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and their collaborators have developed a mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow…
Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality

November 21, 2016

The timely removal of leaf litter can reduce harmful phosphorus concentrations in stormwater by over 80 percent in…
Project could pave the way towards less phosphorus import

June 1, 2016

Phosphorus is an essential compound for agriculture fertilizers and thereby most of the food we consume. But the…
Nanoparticles present sustainable way to grow food crops

May 3, 2016

Scientists are working diligently to prepare for the expected increase in global population — and therefore an increased…
Phosphorus ‘tax’ could be huge if tropical farming intensifies

April 21, 2016

One way to feed the globe’s growing population is to ramp up intensive farming in tropical regions, but…
Research finds massive fertilizer buildup is taking a toll on land and water

April 15, 2016

The study of three river basins where food and water security are directly linked to phosphorus – a…
Red wonder: chemists pave way for phosphorus revolution

March 11, 2016

Florida State University researchers have discovered a way to safely activate red phosphorus, an element that will be…
Researchers transform slow emitters into fast light sources

October 23, 2015

Researchers from Brown University, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard, have developed a new way to control light…
Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?

October 19, 2015

A new experimental revelation about black phosphorus nanoribbons should facilitate the future application of this highly promising material…
Better fluorescent lighting through physics

October 9, 2015

General Electric (link is external) (GE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (link is…
Team Studies Light-Induced Oxidation of Two-Dimensional Black Phosphorus

September 25, 2015

University of Arkansas researchers, in collaboration with an international team, discovered that the energy required for oxidation of…
Researchers study ways to disable algal bloom

September 22, 2015

From shellfish industries on the West Coast to popular beaches in New York, human health, fishing and tourist…
Could black phosphorus be the next silicon?

July 9, 2015

As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on…
Black phosphorus reveals its secrets thanks to a scientific breakthrough

June 4, 2015

A team of researchers from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique…
Revealing the ocean’s hidden fertilizer

May 17, 2015

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism–humans require…
Earth Day is on the horizon. But is ‘greener’ always better?

April 16, 2015

Going green. On Earth Day and every day, being “greener” is linked with good things like lowering your carbon…
Black phosphorus is new ‘wonder material’ for improving optical communication

March 3, 2015

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into…
Probing Phosphorus Losses from Midwestern Crop Fields

January 29, 2015

When runoff flows from farm fields into the Lake Erie Basin, phosphorus in that runoff contributes to the…
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