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P-Campus Büro: Coordination of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock

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The overall objective of the interdisciplinary collaboration in the Leibniz ScienceCampus Rostock ‘Phosphorus Research’ is to work together on scientific foundations for a more sustainable P-management. A focus is on the P-cycles and fluxes in the environment and the environmental problems, especially in aquatic systems like the Baltic Sea, caused by inefficient P-use or non-existent P-recycling. Expertise exists in various aspects of the element phosphorus as well as its diverse chemical compounds and specific modes of action in agricultural and environmental systems as well as in technical and industrial processes. Research foci are ‘P-cycles and fluxes in the environment’, ‘Sufficiency and efficiency of P use, P-recovery’ and ‘P as an element in and out of catalytic processes’ and a cross-cutting issue ‘Innovative methods in P-analysis’. Several thematically assigned projects covered by various disciplines are ongoing and new projects are emerging continuously.


  • Köhn, J., Zimmer, D., Leinweber, P. (2018). Is phosphorus really a scarce source?. international Journal of Environmental Technology and Management 21: 373-395
  • Schaub, I., Zimmer, D., Strauch, S. (2019). Nachwuchsförderung und Forschung am Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Phosphorforschung Rostock. Wasser und Abfall 10: 40-46
  • Zimmer, D., K. Panten, M. Frank, A. Springer and P. Leinweber (2019). Sulfur-enriched bone char as alternative P fertilizer: Spectroscopic, wet chemical, and yield response evaluation. Agriculture 9: 21, doi: 10.3390/agriculture9010021
  • Berthold, M., D. Zimmer, V. Reiff and R. Schumann (2018). Phosphorus contents re-visited after 40 years in muddy and sandy sediments of a temperate lagoon system. Front. Mar. Sci. 5: 305, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00305
  • Krämer, I. (2018). Phosphor-Paradox. Meer & Küste 7: 6-7,