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Fall 2010 AGU Session Announcement

August 23, 2010

James Elser, Amisha Poret-Peterson, and I are co-convening a session entitled “Phosphorus: from Geochemistry to Genomes to Global Sustainability” (Session B14) at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco (Dec 13-17, 2010). We’re interested in organizing a session that takes an integrative look at phosphorus across temporal and spatial scales from cellular processes to global biogeochemical fluxes (description below).

This is a call for abstracts for presentations to this session. Please note that abstracts are due by September 2 and you must be an AGU member to submit. If you are not a member, please join by August 27 to meet the abstract submittal deadline. We look forward to your submissions.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment.

Session Abstract:

Phosphorus often limits ecosystem productivity; emerging studies indicate that the human population may become P-limited in the future due to unsustainable agricultural practices. This multidisciplinary session aims to explore P as a link between biology, geochemistry and society. We welcome abstracts on the role of P in prebiotic processes and the origin of life, P cycling in ancient to modern environments, the impact of changes in P cycling on biological evolution, the genetic, physiological, and ecological responses to P, and the impact of human activity on global P cycling. Our goal is to obtain an integrative picture of P dynamics across temporal and spatial scales from cellular processes to global biogeochemical fluxes.

Sponsor: Biogeosciences
CoSponsor: Global Environmental Change; Ocean Sciences;
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology; Volcanology, Geochemistry, and

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