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8th International Phosphorus Workshop - IPW8 : Phosphorus 2020 - Challenges for Synthesis, Agriculture, and Ecosystems (Program and Book of Abstracts)

Krämer, Inga; Häberle, Stephanie

Abstract. Phosphorus (P) is of vital importance for all life on Earth. It is a major component in animal feed and plant fertilizers but, when present in excess, also a disruptive element in freshwater and marine water bodies. Today, limitations in global mineral P resources have strengthened the demand for efficient alternative P sources and for P-recycling technologies. The International Phosphorus Workshops (IPWs) are well-known for presenting the latest results of research into agricultural and environmental P cycles as well as new methods of P analysis. Recently, environmental problems arising from P surplus but also the implications for food production posed by P deficiencies have made fair and sustainable P distribution a societal challenge. Therefore, at the IPW8, P governance will be an important focus. In addition, given the research interests of the hosting Leibniz-ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock, the role of P in catalytic reactions and technical applications will debut as a workshop topic. Other topics, addressing subjects ranging from the atomic/molecular to the societal, are guaranteed to stimulate interesting and productive transdisciplinary discussions during the workshop. The themes of IPW8 are: • Phosphorus cycles and fluxes in the environment • Sufficiency and efficiency of phosphorus utilization • Phosphorus recycling: technologies and product applications • Syntheses of and with phosphorus-containing compounds • The development of advanced phosphorus analysis methods • From knowledge to action: phosphorus-related issues in politics and society • Phosphorus characterization and use efficiency


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