The story of evolution written in phosphorus

Phosphatic shells in the uppermost Cambrian sandstone from Estonia. Credit: M. Mergl. Phosphorus is one of the elements that is crucial for the construction of organisms and their metabolism. Its cycle across the environments is also one of the best understood. However, it occurred to the Czech paleontologists Peter Kraft and Michal Mergl that there … Read more

‘Future-proof’ method using bacteria to remove phosphorus from wastewater

Water Research (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2022.118301″ width=”800″ height=”359″/> Graphical abstract. Credit: Water Research (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2022.118301 Singapore Center for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the National University of Singapore, have developed a technique to remove phosphorus from wastewater at higher temperatures than is possible using existing techniques, … Read more

Scientists offer solutions to global phosphorus crisis that threatens food and water security

Nutrient pollution can lead to the growth of harmful algal blooms such as cyanobacteria also known as blue-green algae, pictured. Credit: UKCEH Phosphorus is an essential but often overlooked resource, which is vital for life on Earth and is extracted from rock phosphate for use in crop fertilizers, livestock feeds and food additives. A major … Read more

Models predict that planned phosphorus reductions will make Lake Erie more toxic

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Reducing levels of the nutrient phosphorus to control harmful algal blooms in places like Lake Erie is actually advantageous to toxic cyanobacteria strains, which can lead to an increase in toxins in the water, according to a new modeling study. Researchers from Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) detail their findings in … Read more

‘Spring-loaded’ system pops phosphorus into molecular rings

Caption: MIT chemists discovered a way to incorporate phosphorus into three-membered ring compounds, using this “spring-loaded” molecule as the source of phosphorus. Credits: Courtesy of the researchers MIT chemists have devised a new chemical reaction that allows them to synthesize a phosphorus-containing ring, using a catalyst to add phosphorus to simple organic compounds called alkenes. … Read more