Plants growing in soil
Event, 2 days

{Make-Grow-Break} Phosphorus: From dirt to your DNA

Led by Dr Ryan Kaye    

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Tudor Square, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1DA
11am–3pm, Saturday 18—Sunday 19 September 2021

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The event

Phosphorus is a key element needed for our bodies to function from the storage of energy from food to the building blocks of cell membranes and DNA. Phosphorus gets into our food from the soil through plant roots or mycorrhizal fungi that interact with roots. 

Dr Ryan Kaye from our Department of Animal & Plant Science will run activities demonstrating the route the phosphorus in the soil takes to get into our bodies and how it gets back into the soil again.

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Resources for home activities

As part of this project there is an activity sheet to download.

Activity sheet


Project led by

Dr Ryan Kaye

Animal and Plant Sciences, School of Biosciences

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This project showcases research from the Institute for Sustainable Food - one of the University of Sheffield's four flagship research institutes.

The Flagship Institutes bring together the University's key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.

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