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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A new research center is being
proposed for the University of Arkansas to study the effects of
phosphorus on water, an environmental issue at the heart of an
Oklahoma lawsuit against several poultry companies.
The Watershed Research and Education Center is to be located at
the university's Agricultural Research and Extension Center. A
natural stream runs through the property and can be used by students
and scientists to study the effects of phosphorus on area watersheds.
Andrew Sharpley, a leading expert on phosphorus management, has
been hired to work with the center. University officials plan to
announce further details soon.
Phosphorus is a nutrient crucial to plant growth, and farmers
routinely use fertilizers containing phosphorus. It also is found in
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed suit against the
poultry companies, including Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest
poultry producer, on June 13, 2005. The suit alleged that excess
nutrients contained in poultry litter and washed off from fields
overloaded the Illinois River watershed. Those excess nutrients led
to algae blooms, increased carcinogenics and other ailments for the
eastern Oklahoma scenic river.
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