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P-Campus: Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock

Phosphorus (P) is essential for all life on earth, because all organisms participate in the global biogeochemical P cycle in which soils are central for the global food production. Agriculture and the entire economy are challenged by future limitations of mineable rock P, upgraded to mineral P fertilizer. Despite foreseeable depletions of P resources, uncontrolled amounts of P are still lost due to agricultural practice and insufficient recycling causing environmental problems such as eutrophication in aquatic systems. Therefore, research is urgently required to reduce significantly our dependence on the seriously declining global rock P reserves.

The objective of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock is to intensify interdisciplinary collaboration and research around this essential element and its sustainable management. Multidisciplinary research is directed to develop methodological, technical and management options for a more sufficient and efficient P usage, and P recycling across all economic sectors. The understanding of environmental P impacts will be improved and possible reductions optimized. This includes also many ethical, socio-economic and political issues.

The planned P research activities are strongly linked to the graduate concept for the ScienceCampus Rostock, which is directed to an excellent, structured graduate education of young researchers along with an extending internationalization.

The ScienceCampus Rostock follows the aim to concentrate expertise present in the participating Leibniz and University institutions to form new, innovative and urgently needed P research initiatives and directions. The establishment of theme-oriented research networks will be by nature inter- and transdisciplinary. Thus, the ScienceCampus Rostock aims to develop knowledge and technology to secure the P resources in a future world.


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