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The challenges of phosphorus — International IPW8 Conference in Rostock identifies solutions

participants of the IPW8 conference in Rostock
The participants of the IPW8 conference in Rostock intensively discussed for 5 days, which possible solutions current research has to offer for the phosphor problems. (photo: IOW / P. Braun)

From September 12 to 16, 2016, the 8th International Phos-phorus Workshop (IPW8), entitled "Phosphorus 2020: Chal-lenges for synthesis, agriculture, and ecosystems", took place in Rostock. 230 scientists from around the world discussed possible solutions arising from their latest research regarding the responsible use of this finite raw material. The aim is to avoid serious damage to the environment, such as the eutrophication of water bodies, and to ensure that, through its sustainable use, there will be enough phosphorus to maintain the world's food supply in the future.

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