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Distant views and local realities: the limits of global assessments to restore the fragmented phosphorus cycle

Sharpley, Andrew; Kleinman, Peter; Jarvie, Helen; Flaten, Don. 2016 Distant views and local realities: the limits of global assessments to restore the fragmented phosphorus cycle. Agricultural and Environmental Letters, 1 (1), 160024. 5, pp. 10.2134/ael2016.07.0024

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Abstract/Summary

With more sophisticated data compilation and analytical capabilities, the evolution of “big data” analysis has occurred rapidly. We examine the meta-analysis of “big data” representing phosphorus (P) flows and stocks in global agriculture and address the need to consider local nuances of farm operations to avoid erroneous or misleading recommendations. Of concern is the disconnect between macro-needs for better P resource management at regional and national scales versus local realities of P management at farm scales. Both agricultural and environmental researchers should focus on providing solutions to disconnects identified by meta-analyses and ensure that production and conservation strategies consider farming realities.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.2134/ael2016.07.0024
CEH Sections: Rees (from October 2014
ISSN: 2471-9625
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Hydrology
Chemistry
Date made live: 10 Jan 2017 17:20 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515702

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