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  •  I woulds say offhand that we had better find a few (6+ / 0-)

    quickly if this isn't sufficient. N was over $1000/ton in 08. That was deadly to farmers and consumers alike. I suppose we could use solar, wind or nukes to generate H2, but that will be expensive as well.

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

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    •  It could get ugly (1+ / 0-)
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      We have to be coldly open and honest about our tough NPK issues. And our natural gas priorities. The public is clueless. And so are most officials. Thanks.

      •  In rice, a genetic answer to phosphorous: (2+ / 0-)
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        The gene -- called PSTOL1 which stands for Phosphorus Starvation Tolerance -- helps rice grow a larger, better root system and thereby access more phosphorus.

        Underground Solution to Starving Rice Plants

        Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

        by the fan man on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 04:08:47 AM PDT

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        •  That is encouraging for rice and some other (1+ / 0-)
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          crops too I think. Not sure about how it would apply to cyanobacteria in a green house that is not able to access otherwise unavailable P in the soil. I do wonder about the limits to this too, even in a field setting. At some point the plant that has gotten good at recovering P still may not be able to find enough.

          My avatar image is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my grandfather, in the Canary Islands not far from the Sahara Desert.

          by Galtisalie on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 05:02:03 AM PDT

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