Nitrogen fertilizer: retrospect and prospect.

  title={Nitrogen fertilizer: retrospect and prospect.},
  author={C. R. Frink and Paul E. Waggoner and Jesse H. Ausubel},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={96 4},
The rising fertilizer use accompanying more people eating more has been called exponential (1) and prompted fears of polluted water and consequent methemoglobinemia (2) and hypoxia (3). It also has raised alarm about greenhouse warming (4) and an altered global N cycle and thus primary production (5) and diversity (1) of vegetation. In this plethora of issues we concentrate on a few, beginning with the fundamental one of how fast N fertilizer use has risen in the world and in an industrial… CONTINUE READING
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