“Phosphorus” by Muriel Nesbitt
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Muriel Nesbitt, an educator who taught biology for 35 years at the University of California, San Diego, will address the discovery of phosphorus, its absolute necessity for all living things, some of its uses, and soil testing for this element on Thursday, July 9th from noon to 1:00 pm via Zoom Meetings. She will discuss the probable impending shortage of phosphorus for fertilizer and the implications of that for food security. Nesbitt will make the case that we need to begin now to develop phosphorus recycling strategies and what those strategies might involve. By applying phosphorus or “balanced” fertilizers routinely, even when levels of phosphorus in the soil are high, gardeners contribute to the phosphorus problem. Nesbitt will encourage attendees to change their habits.
Nesbitt became interested in providing information on phosphorus to gardeners when she became aware of its scarcity and non-renewability and when she realized the negative effect of oversupply of phosphorus on mycorrhizas. Join her presentation through this link: https://extension.wsu.edu/clallam/event/green-thumb-garden-tip-series-phosphorus/
In addition to her tenure at UC San Diego, Nesbitt earned a PhD in genetics from the University of Washington. She directed the Clallam County Master Gardener program from 2009 to 2012 and remains a community leader teaching courses, giving lectures, and sharing her knowledge. Nesbitt is a recipient of Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners. Her interests include using science, experience, and experiment in her own garden to grow clean, nutritious food and, flowers for bees.
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The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series is sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners and held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one lecture is offered. Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar for the latest information on upcoming presentations. For questions, call 360-565-2679.