Tag: phosphorus

Phosphorus fertilizer use can be reduced by using zinc oxide nanoparticles, finds WashU study

Phosphorus fertilizer use can be reduced by using zinc oxide nanoparticles, finds WashU study

May 1, 2016 |

In Missouri, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a way to reduce the use of fertilizer made from rock phosphorus and still see improvements in the growth of food crops by using zinc oxide nanoparticles. This is the first study to show how to mobilize native phosphorus in the soil using zinc […]

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Peak Phosphorus: Is there enough for biofuels at scale?

Peak Phosphorus: Is there enough for biofuels at scale?

[ 0 ] March 4, 2011 |

Forget water or oil, we’ll run out of phosphorus first, say some. Will that spell “doom” for biofuels as usual? The world’s oil supply, by some calculations, will begin to run out at the end of this century – for some countries, its long gone, never there, or distress is just right around the corner. […]

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NASA discovers microbe that replaces phosphorus with arsenic in its DNA

NASA discovers microbe that replaces phosphorus with arsenic in its DNA

[ 0 ] December 6, 2010 |

In Washington, NASA announced that they have discovered a new microbe in California’s Mono Lake,  that can use arsenic as a fundamental building block in its DNA.  While it has been known that microbes can survive in high arsenic environments, this is the first known case of a microbe that uses arsenic to replace phosphorus […]

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