Scientists to Examine Ohio's Residual Phosphorus Issue
The study plans to monitor more than a dozen elevated phosphorus fields
A team of researchers is planning to study farmers’ fields in northwestern Ohio that have more phosphorus than the crops can use.
Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” or “legacy phosphorus,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.
Led by Jay Martin, an ecological engineering professor with OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the study plans to monitor and manage more than a dozen elevated phosphorus fields, all in the Maumee River watershed.
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