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Queen's University


PlaxtonBill Plaxton's NSERC-funded research was key to developing phosphite standards enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Phosphite is used extensively in agricultural and turf grass industries, contained in fungicides and fertilizers. Biology professor Bill Plaxton has been evaluating both phosphite use and its effects on plants for many years. He has indicated that we still lack data on the role that phosphite might play in providing phosphorus. Indeed it may actually work in the reverse of ehat some people intend in that can rapidly kill plants in phosphate deficient soils. Plaxton's work has been used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to inform the strict standards that phosphite products must meet to be legally sold as fertilizers in Canada. ... more

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