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  1. Vol. 66 No. 1, p. 115-117
    Received: June 15, 1973

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White Phosphorus-Ammonia Reaction Product as a Phosphatic Fertilizer in Alkaline and Limed Acid Soils1

  1. Walter A. Hill,
  2. Hinrich L. Bohn and
  3. Gordon V. Johnson22



White phosphorus dissolved in liquid ammonia yields an insoluble, black, phosphorus-rich material. In alkaline and limed acid soils, this substance did not inhibit germination or seedling development of sorghum (Sorghum vulgare pers.) but supplied little or no phosphate to tomatoes (Lycopersicum esculentum, var. ‘manapal’). White phosphorus injected into the ammonia zone was available to the tomatoes as phosphates.

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