Research finds massive phosphorus buildup

Next step is to develop strategies that will reduce impact of "legacy" phosphorus in waterways.

In modern agriculture, fertilizer can leak into waterways such as rivers, lakes and oceans, and that phosphorus runoff can stimulate algae blooms and eutrophication. However, much of the "lost" phosphorus doesn't end up in water bodies; large amounts of phosphorus also accumulate in the landscape. Until now, scientists have not had a good handle on the magnitude of this accumulation.

For the first time, an international group of scientists, including researchers from Arizona State

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