Fire hazards management for polymeric materials via synergy effects of pyrolysates-fixation and aromatized-charring - Fu T, Guo DM, Chen L, Wu WS, Wang XL, Wang YZ.
Previous approaches to suppressing fire hazards are concentrated on brominated flame retardants (BFRs) or phosphorus flame retardants (PFRs). However, their chemical hazards to health and environment have not been able to be ignored currently. It is quit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Yellow phosphorus poisoning: a retrospective study in tertiary care hospital - Itagi S, Br S, Parashuram.
Introduction: Rodenticides have been an important cause of significant morbidity and mortality in patients with deliberate self harm.Yellow phosphorus a rodenticide is lethal toxin in humans which affects hepatic,cardiovascular,gastrointestinal and ren... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

'Resurrection ecology' of 600-year-old water fleas used to understand pollution adaptation
(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) By taking advantage of the unique genomic model organism of tiny waterfleas, or Daphnia, an international team of researchers has now analyzed Daphnia from a phosphorus-rich Minnesota lake -- and compared it to revived, 600-year-old Daphnia dormant eggs found in the bottom sediments -- to better understand how these creatures cope with a dramatic environmental change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 9, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Genes controlling mycorrhizal colonization discovered in soybean
(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Like most plants, soybeans pair up with soil fungi in a symbiotic mycorrhizal relationship. In exchange for a bit of sugar, the fungus acts as an extension of the root system to pull in more phosphorus, nitrogen, micronutrients, and water than the plant could on its own. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 6, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Life could have emerged from lakes with high phosphorus
(University of Washington) Life as we know it requires phosphorus, and lots of it. But phosphorus is scarce. A University of Washington study, published Dec. 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reports that certain types of carbonate-rich lakes, which could have formed on early Earth, have the right chemistry to keep phosphorous levels high and available to organisms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 30, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Stepwise Earth oxygenation is an inherent property of global biogeochemical cycling
Oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans occurred across three major steps during the Paleoproterozoic, Neoproterozoic, and Paleozoic eras, with each increase having profound consequences for the biosphere. Biological or tectonic revolutions have been proposed to explain each of these stepwise increases in oxygen, but the principal driver of each event remains unclear. Here we show, using a theoretical model, that the observed oxygenation steps are a simple consequence of internal feedbacks in the long-term biogeochemical cycles of carbon, oxygen, and phosphorus, and that there is no requirement for a specific st...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 12, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Alcott, L. J., Mills, B. J. W., Poulton, S. W. Tags: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Planetary Science r-articles Source Type: news

What Affects the Nutritional Quality of Plant-Based Milk Substitutes?
Discussion People today may be eating more plant-based products because of: Allergen avoidance – lactose or cow’s milk allergy, 14% of people with cow’s milk allergy will also have soy allergy. Cultural importance Contamination avoidance e.g. growth hormone or antibiotic residues in cow’s milk production Specific diseases, e.g. cholesterol/lipid issues Environmental impact Ethical or religious considerations Improved nutrition With population growth “[t]he demand for food is expected to grow by 70% until 2050….While the expected protein consumption is believed to grow by 80%.” ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 30, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

New York Startup, Phosphorus, Offers DNA Testing That Assesses Your Risk Of Disease And More
New York startup Phosphorus is offering genetic testing for everything from your risk of heart disease to your tolerance for certain drugs to lifestyle changes that will improve your health. The founder believes someday the tests will be standard in primary care. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Daniel D ' Ambrosio, Contributor Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of phosphorus?
Phosphorus is a mineral that is essential for human health. It is available in a wide variety of foods, including meat, fish, dairy, and some vegetables. Learn more about its benefits here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Facile synthesis of a novel transparent hyperbranched phosphorous/nitrogen-containing flame retardant and its application in reducing the fire hazard of epoxy resin - Hu X, Yang H, Jiang Y, He H, Liu H, Huang H, Wan C.
In this study, a novel hyperbranched phosphorus/nitrogen-containing flame retardant (HPNFR) was facilely synthesized via the transesterification reaction of dimethyl methylphosphonate and tris (2-hydroxyethyl) isocyanurate and characterized successfully by... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Scientists unearth green treasure -- albeit rusty -- in the soil
(Cornell University) Cornell University engineers have taken a step in understanding how iron in the soil may unlock naturally occurring phosphorus bound in organic matter, which can be used in fertilizer, so that one day farmers may be able to reduce the amount of artificial fertilizers applied to fields. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 17, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Apple salad with figs and almonds
Apples and figs are a delicious combination. Figs are also a good source of iron, calcium and phosphorus. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Time for AI-Based Medical Device Regulation Is Now
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are poised to revolutionize the field of healthcare. Researchers are leveraging deep learning methods to find new ways to efficiently diagnose and treat diseases.  Although lacking a well-articulated AI strategy, the United States invested an estimated $2 billion on research and development for AI-based technologies in 2017. Since that time, the Department of Defense has also committed to providing up to an additional $2 billion per year in spending for AI technology and infrastructure over the next five years. Despite such investmen...
Source: MDDI - April 19, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Aaron Gin and Bryan Helwig Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Software Source Type: news

Wonder material: individual 2D phosphorene nanoribbons made for the first time
Tiny, individual, flexible ribbons of crystalline phosphorus have been made and measured an international collaboration, in a world first, and they could revolutionise electronics and fast-charging battery technology. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 10, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, Interface Analysis Centre; Press Release Source Type: news

Are no-fun fungi keeping fertilizer from plants?
(American Society of Agronomy) Research explores soil, fungi, phosphorus dynamics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 27, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Assessment of the Silver Penetration and Distribution in Carious Lesions of Deciduous Teeth Treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride
Research ArticleCaries Reshttps://doi.org/10.1159/000496210AbstractThe aim of this study was to determine the effects of 38% silver diamine fluoride (SDF) on carious lesions of human deciduous teeth. Ten extracted deciduous incisors with caries were collected and treated with SDF. After the treatment, the teeth were sectioned through the center of the carious lesion. The extent of sliver precipitation was examined using quantitative backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy (qBSE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). The qBSE-SEM images revealed that the silve...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Frontiers in molecular p-block chemistry: From structure to reactivity
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the discovery of phosphorus by the alchemist Hennig Brand. However, this element was not included in the p-block of the periodic table until more recently. 2019 also marks the 150th anniversary of the preliminary tabular arrangement of the elements into the periodic system by Mendeleev. Of the 63 elements known in 1869, almost one-third of them belonged to what ultimately became the p-block, and Mendeleev predicted the existence of both gallium and germanium as well. The elements of the p-block have a disparate and varied history. Their chemical structure, reactivity, and properties...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Melen, R. L. Tags: Chemistry special/review Source Type: news

New Farm Bill Could Have Devastating Effects on Water Quality
Agricultural nonpoint-source pollution has repeatedly been cited as a leading cause of degraded water quality in water bodies ranging from tributaries to coastal estuaries. Approximately 40 percent of US agricultural land—roughly 15 percent of all the land in the United States—is enrolled in farm bill conservation programs aimed at improving soil retention and reducing nutrient pollution. But as Congress looks for ways to reduce discretionary funding, these conservation programs are on the chopping block in the 2012 reauthorization of the bill. The impact on water quality could be devastating. The conservation...
Source: Washington Watch - January 24, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: Adrienne Froelich Sponberg Source Type: news

Fatal yellow phosphorus poisoning in a child - Kumar K, Kumar M, Sankuru D, Reddy N.
KEYWORDS: Yellow phosphorous , poisoning , hepatic failure , multisystem involvement Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Long term ag change impacts stream water quality
(American Society of Agronomy) A new study examines how the switch to conservation tillage has impacted a southwestern Ohio lake over the past decades. From 1994 to 2014, an unusually long timespan, the researchers measured concentrations of suspended sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus in streams draining into Acton Lake. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 2, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Here are 9 amazing benefits of regularly drinking lemongrass tea
(Natural News) Lemongrass is a tropical herb that has a citrus smell and taste. This tall, stalky plant is also known for its medicinal properties. It is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, folate, iron, zinc, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and traces of B vitamins. While it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heterocycles meet and marry on phosphorus
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Yeston, J. Tags: Chemistry twis Source Type: news

Heterobiaryl synthesis by contractive C-C coupling via P(V) intermediates
We present an alternative approach to metal-catalyzed cross-coupling to make heterobiaryls using contractive phosphorus C–C couplings, also termed phosphorus ligand coupling reactions. The process starts by regioselective phosphorus substitution of the C–H bonds para to nitrogen in two successive heterocycles; ligand coupling is then triggered via acidic alcohol solutions to form the heterobiaryl bond. Mechanistic studies imply that ligand coupling is an asynchronous process involving migration of one heterocycle to the ipso position of the other around a central pentacoordinate P(V) atom. The strategy can be a...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hilton, M. C., Zhang, X., Boyle, B. T., Alegre-Requena, J. V., Paton, R. S., McNally, A. Tags: Chemistry r-articles Source Type: news

Soil's history: A solution to soluble phosphorus?
(American Society of Agronomy) New research suggests that, over time, less phosphorus fertilizer may be necessary on agricultural fields. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 14, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Low-phosphorus diet: Helpful for kidney disease?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Sunflower Seeds Healthy? Here ’s What Experts Say
Certain seeds, like chia and flax, tend to hog the nutritional spotlight. But the less-trendy sunflower seed has plenty of qualities worth highlighting. Here are the health benefits of sunflowers seeds, according to dietitians. Are sunflower seeds healthy? Sunflower seeds are rich in nutrients. One serving of shelled sunflower seeds is usually an ounce, which is about 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons (one to two thumb-sized portions.) They’re particularly high in healthy fat: A serving delivers 14 grams of fat with a mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. “The mono- and polyunsaturated fats in sunflower seed...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

NSF awards $15 million to understand how people can better interact with the environment
A toxic red tide, or harmful algae bloom, is killing swaths of marine life and affecting the health of people living along Florida's southwest coast. Nationwide, harmful algae blooms cost an estimated $50 million each year. Excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus flowing downstream act as fertilizer, sparking these blooms in waterbodies such as the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay. Paul Leisnham of the University of Maryland, College Park, is working to find out ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=296562&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. (Source: NSF News)
Source: NSF News - September 24, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Are Pistachios Healthy? Here ’s What Experts Say
You can find the shelled green nuts everywhere, from airport kiosks to health food stores. But are pistachios as healthy as they’re cracked up to be? Here’s what the experts say. What are the nutrition facts of pistachios? Pistachios are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including beta carotene, phosphorus, vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Compared to other nuts, they are also high in carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of chronic disease and improves heart health, says registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick. You can also eat a lot of them in just one...
Source: TIME: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime Source Type: news

A swift citrusy path to chiral phosphorus
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Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Yeston, J. Tags: Chemistry twis Source Type: news

Unlocking P(V): Reagents for chiral phosphorothioate synthesis
Phosphorothioate nucleotides have emerged as powerful pharmacological substitutes of their native phosphodiester analogs with important translational applications in antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapeutics and cyclic dinucleotide (CDN) synthesis. Stereocontrolled installation of this chiral motif has long been hampered by the systemic use of phosphorus(III) [P(III)]–based reagent systems as the sole practical means of oligonucleotide assembly. A fundamentally different approach is described herein: the invention of a P(V)-based reagent platform for programmable, traceless, diastereoselective phosphorus-sulfur in...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Knouse, K. W., deGruyter, J. N., Schmidt, M. A., Zheng, B., Vantourout, J. C., Kingston, C., Mercer, S. E., Mcdonald, I. M., Olson, R. E., Zhu, Y., Hang, C., Zhu, J., Yuan, C., Wang, Q., Park, P., Eastgate, M. D., Baran, P. S. Tags: Chemistry reports Source Type: news

Flame-retardant and smoke-suppressant flexible polyurethane foams based on reactive phosphorus-containing polyol and expandable graphite - Rao WH, Liao W, Wang H, Zhao HB, Wang YZ.
In this manuscript, flame-retardant and smoke-suppressant flexible polyurethane foams (FPUFs) were designed and synthesized based on novel liquid phosphorus-containing polyol named as PDEO and expandable graphite (EG). The reactive PDEO can be chemically a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Soil phosphorus availability and lime: More than just pH?
(American Society of Agronomy) Plants can't do without phosphorus. But there is often a 'withdrawal limit' on how much phosphorus they can get from the soil. A new study looks at how liming, soil management history and enzymes relate to plants' access to phosphorus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 1, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Coffee plants grow better without chemicals; healthy soil has microbes and fungi that nourish plants and act as biofertilizers
(Natural News) A recent Mexican study suggested that coffee plants and other crops can flourish even without chemical fertilizers. All they need is healthy soil with the right combination of native fungi that act as biofertilizers, increasing the amount of phosphorus in the soil and the plant’s rate of absorption. The researchers identified two particular groups of fungi... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early Use of Burosumab Eases XLH Symptoms in Kids
(MedPage Today) -- Treatment improved rickets severity, serum phosphorus, and calcitriol levels (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - May 20, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Genetic data shed light on how soil microbes survive nutrient-deficient environments
(Natural News) For the longest time, researchers have puzzled over the process that allows microbes to grow within the phosphorus-poor soil found in tropical rainforests. A recent study of their genetic data revealed that these microbes possess a higher amount of genes that specialize in getting the vital mineral, according to a NewsWise article. Tropical... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research brief: Freshwater ecosystems filter pollutants before they reach oceans
(University of Minnesota) By adding excess nutrients to crops, some are very likely to end up in rivers, lakes and streams. But not all of the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus that enter waterways end up downstream. Freshwater ecosystems filter some of the excess pollutants out of the water before it reaches the ocean, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FDA approves first therapy for rare inherited form of rickets, x-linked hypophosphatemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Crysvita (burosumab-twza), the first drug approved to treat adults and children ages 1 year and older with x-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), a rare, inherited form of rickets. XLH causes low levels of phosphorus in the blood. It leads to impaired bone growth and development in children and adolescents and problems with bone mineralization throughout a patient's life. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured FDA Regulatory Affairs Source Type: news

New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure
(Penn State) An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pee and pesticides: Thoreau's Walden Pond in trouble, warn scientists
Immortalised for its beauty by Henry David Thoreau, the Massachusetts pond is under threat from increased human activity and climate change according to a new studyThe water of Walden Pond, which Henry David Thoreau described in 1854 as “so transparent that the bottom can easily be discerned at the depth of 25 or 30 feet”, is no longer quite so clear according to a new study.The Massachusetts pond was made famous in Walden, the transcendentalist writer ’s account of the years he spent next to it in order to “live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life”. The pond h...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alison Flood Tags: Henry David Thoreau Books Culture Environment Climate change Science Massachusetts US news Science and nature Water Source Type: news

From rock-stable to reactive phosphorus
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Source: ScienceNOW - March 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Protasiewicz, J. D. Tags: Chemistry perspective Source Type: news

Phosphoric acid as a precursor to chemicals traditionally synthesized from white phosphorus
White phosphorus, generated in the legacy thermal process for phosphate rock upgrading, has long been the key industrial intermediate for the synthesis of phosphorus-containing chemicals, including herbicides, flame-retardants, catalyst ligands, battery electrolytes, pharmaceuticals, and detergents. In contrast, phosphate fertilizers are made on a much larger scale from phosphoric acid, obtained by treating phosphate rock with sulfuric acid. Dehydration of phosphoric acid using sodium chloride gives trimetaphosphate, and here we report that trichlorosilane, primarily used for the production of high-purity silicon, reduces ...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Geeson, M. B., Cummins, C. C. Tags: Chemistry reports Source Type: news

Ingestion of fireworks: rare cause of poisoning in children - Yuksekkaya H, Gumus M, Yucel A, Energin M, Demirci S.
BACKGROUND: Mistaken ingestion of all manner of toxic matter is common in childhood, but poisoning with fireworks and matchsticks is rare. Fireworks usually contain 10% yellow phosphorus and 50% potassium chlorate. Potassium chlorate is an extremely reacti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Australian scientists move closer to world-beating quantum computer
Led by Australian of the year Michelle Simmons, team has built qubits from single phosphorus atoms in siliconAustralian scientists, led byAustralian of the year Michelle Simmons, have made a significant step in creating a world-beating, single-atom quantum computer.Simmons and her Australian teamannounced on Wednesday they had built quantum bits, known as qubits, from single phosphorus atoms in silicon, that could communicate and correlate with each other.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Naaman Zhou Tags: Computing Science Technology Google Source Type: news

Diverse tropical forests grow fast despite widespread phosphorus limitation
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Ecological theory says that poor soils limit the productivity of tropical forests, but adding nutrients as fertilizer rarely increases tree growth, suggesting that productivity is not limited by nutrients after all. Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) resolved this apparent contradiction, showing that phosphorus limits the growth of individual tree species but not entire forest communities. Their results, published online in Nature, March 8, have sweeping implications for understanding forest growth and change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The 6 Best Snacks for Anyone Cutting Out Sugar, According to a Nutritionist
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD Tags: Uncategorized Food Healthy Eating onetime Source Type: news

Phosphorus from fertilizer runoff is polluting freshwater sources all over the world
(Natural News) A recent study published in the journal Water Resources Research revealed that phosphorus pollution as a result of human activities appeared to have seeped into Earth’s freshwater bodies in the past few years. Scientists explained that phosphorus is a common component of mineral and manure fertilizers due to its efficacy in increasing crop yield. However, the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phosphorus pollution reaching dangerous levels worldwide, new study finds
(American Geophysical Union) Man-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerously high levels in freshwater basins around the world, according to new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study may improve strategies for reducing nutrient runoff into Mississippi River
(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Every summer, the Gulf of Mexico is flooded with excess nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants and farm fields along the Mississippi River basin. And every summer, those nutrients create a 'dead zone' in the Gulf. To address the issue, the US Environmental Protection Agency formed a task force and required 12 states to develop strategies to reduce agricultural runoff. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem. Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study various nutrient limitations and inform agriculture and terrestrial biosphere modeling. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 22, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Reducing how much nitrogen enters a lake has little impact on algal blooms
(IISD Experimental Lakes Area) Lakes suffering from harmful algal blooms may not respond to reduced, or even discontinued, artificial nitrogen loading. Many blue-green algae responsible for algal blooms can fix atmospheric nitrogen dissolved in the water, and therefore water stewards should focus their efforts on removing phosphorus from lakes to combat algal blooms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news