Guiding principles for the development and application of solid-phase phosphorus adsorbents for freshwater ecosystems

G.B. Douglas, D.P. Hamilton, M.S. Robb, G. Pan, B.M. Spears, M. Lurling

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Abstract

Whilst a diverse array of phosphorus (P)-adsorbent materials is currently available for application to freshwater aquatic systems, selection of the most appropriate P-adsorbents remains problematic. In particular, there has to be a close correspondence between attributes of the P-adsorbent, its field performance and the management goals for treatment. These management goals may vary from a rapid reduction in dissolved P to address seasonal enrichments from internal loading, targeting external fluxes due to anthropogenic sources, or long-term inactivation of internal P inventories contained within bottom sediments. It also remains a challenge to develop new methods and materials that are ecologically benign and cost-effective. We draw on evidence in the literature and the authors’ personal experiences in the field, to summarise the attributes of a range of P-adsorbent materials. We offer ‘guiding principles’ to support practical use of existing materials and outline key development needs for new materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-405
JournalAquatic Ecology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Application
  • Guidelines
  • Nutrients
  • Phosphorus adsorptive materials

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