Organic Phosphorus in the Environment

Edited by B L Turner, E Frossard, D S Baldwin 
CABI  December 2004  

Hardback  432 pp  ISBN 9780851998220      £100.00
This book:
  • Contains state-of-the-art reviews from the world's leading experts on organic phosphorus in the environment
  • Examines a topic of fundamental importance in contemporary biogeochemistry
  • Is truly multidisciplinary in perspective and content
Organic phosphorus is involved in almost every biological process. Organic forms of phosphorus often dominate in soils and aquatic systems and many organisms possess complex mechanisms enabling them to access phosphorus from organic compounds. However organic phosphorus remains the most poorly understood aspect of the global phosphorus cycle.

This book brings together the latest research and opinion on the biogeochemistry of organic phosphorus from a wide range of disciplines and focuses specifically on the characterisation and transformations of organic phosphorus in terrestrial and aquatic systems. It examines analytical procedures for the chemical characterization of organic phosphorus in environmental samples, processes regulating organic phosphorus in the environment, and integration of the process at the ecosystem level. Ecological, chemical, microbiological and analytical aspects are explored. Written by a team of leading experts, the book will provide an invaluable reference for all those interested in organic phosphorus.

Readership: Researchers in soil science, hydrology, pollution science, geochemistry, plant and microbial ecology


Preface, B L Turner, E Frossard and D S Baldwin

Section A: Chemical characterization of organic phosphorus in environmental samples

  • Separation, preconcentration and speciation of organic phosphorus in environmental samples, I D McKelvie, Monash University, Australia
  • Using phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to characterize organic phosphorus in environmental samples, B J Cade-Menun, Stanford University, USA
  • Organic phosphorus speciation in natural waters by mass spectrometry, W T Cooper, J M Llewelyn, G L Bennett, A C Stenson and V J M Salters, Florida State University, USA
Section B: Processes controlling the dynamics of organic phosphorus in the environment
  • Abiotic degradation of organic phosphorus compounds in the environment, D S Baldwin, J A Howitt, Monash University, Australia, and J K Beattie, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis of organic phosphorus, H Quiquampoix, and D Mousain, INRA-ENSAM, France
  • Abiotic stabilization of organic phosphorus in the environment, L Celi and E Barberis, University of Turin, Italy
  • Microbial turnover of phosphorus in soil, A Oberson, Institute of Plant Sciences, Switzerland, and E J Joner, Norwegian Forest Research Institute, Norway
  • Utilization of soil organic phosphorus by higher plants, A E Richardson, T S George, M Hens, and R J Simpson, CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia
  • Microbial turnover of organic phosphorus in aquatic systems, R T Heath, Kent State University, USA
  • Ecological aspects of phosphatase activities of algae and bryophytes, B A Whitton, University of Durham, UK, A M Al-Shehri, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia, N T W Ellwood, Universita Roma Tre, Italy, and B L Turner
Section C: Integrating processes at the ecosystem level
  • Organic phosphorus dynamics in tropical agroecosystems, G Nziguheba, Generose, Belgium, and E K Buenemann, Institute of Plant Sciences, Switzerland
  • Organic phosphorus transfer from terrestrial to aquatic environments, B L Turner
  • Interactions of organic phosphorus in terrestrial ecosystems, L M Condron, Lincoln University, New Zealand, and H Tiessen, Göttingen University, Germany
  • Organic phosphorus in the aquatic environment: speciation, transformations and interactions with nutrient cycles, A M Mitchell and D S Baldwin, Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, Australia
  • Modelling phosphorus, carbon and nitrogen dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems, W J Parton, Colorado State University, USA, J Neff, US Geological Survey, Denver, USA, and P M Vitousek, Stanford University, USA
  • Modelling organic phosphorus transformations in aquatic systems, P Reichert, Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Switzerland, and B Wehrli, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Synthesis and recommendations for future research, B L Turner
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