Turner, Benjamin L. Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kimberly, Idaho.
Raboy, Victor Genetics Group, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aberdeen, Idaho.
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- Geologic cycle
- Biological cycle
- Phosphorus in plant tissues
- Strategies of plant phosphorus acquisition
- Phosphorus storage in plants
- Human impact on global cycle
- Role of phytic acid
- Remediation of phosphorus pollution
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The biological, physical, and chemical processes involved in the cycling of phosphorus in the environment. The cycle comprises a geological (long-term) cycle and a biological (short-term) cycle, the latter with both terrestrial and aquatic components (Fig. 1). The phosphorus cycle differs markedly from other nutrient cycles (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen), because phosphorus has no significant gaseous phase and, therefore, no major atmospheric component to its cycle. See also: Biogeochemistry; Phosphorus
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