Journal article

Wheat Can Access Phosphorus From Algal Biomass as Quickly and Continuously as From Mineral Fertilizer

Lisa Mau, Josefine Kant, Robert Walker, Christina M Kuchendorf, Silvia D Schrey, Ute Roessner, Michelle Watt

FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

Algae can efficiently take up excess nutrients from waterways, making them a valuable resource potentially capable of replacing synthesized and mined fertilizers for agriculture. The capacity of algae to fertilize crops has been quantified, but it is not known how the algae-derived nutrients become available to plants. We aimed to address this question: what are the temporal dynamics of plant growth responses to algal biomass? to better propose mechanisms by which plants acquire nutrients from algal biomass and thereby study and promote those processes in future agricultural applications. Data from various sources were transformed and used to reconstruct the nutrient release from the algae C..

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Funding Acknowledgements

LM was funded by a University of Melbourne Research Scholarship provided through the Juelich Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA). MW holds the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany which was supported through the University of Melbourne Botany Foundation. JK, CK, and SS acknowledge the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.