An Indicator for Risk of Phosphorus Loss from Sandy Soils
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Nair, Vimala D., Willie G. Harris, and Debolina Chakraborty. 2010. “An Indicator for Risk of Phosphorus Loss from Sandy Soils: SL333/SS539, 10/2010”. EDIS 2010 (8). Gainesville, FL.


SL333, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Vimala D. Nair, Willie G. Harris, and Debolina Chakraborty, describes a practical means of determining when a soil has reached a level of P loading that constitutes an environmental risk. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, October 2010.

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