Hi @Simon Cole I think we will eventually surpass Tolstoy's epic.This was written by our member Riverside Scaper in post #38 on page 2. We are now on post #1,004 and page 51!
Debate on this subject is dangerously close to reaching War and Peace levels of interest.
A couple of us are doing that actually.G. C. Gerlof-j and P. H. Krombhok were talking about exactly the same issues in their paper Tissue analysis as a measure of nutrient availability for the growth of angiosperm aquatic plants in 1966.
Perhaps if a member want to run experiments and provide a simple paper then this forum would be a great place to post the results.
You are terribly right about that - it's a complete hodgepodge of overlapping and orthogonal discussions. I suggested early on that we set up a topic like "Alternative fertilizer methods" where we could discuss this and people who were inclined to suspend disbelief a bit could just nerd out on the topic instead of having the tedious X vs. Y discussion.This thread might not be very user-friendly because every possible scenario and aspect of science has been discussed, often simultaneously. Debates benefit from being structured, and if people don't agree at the end then perhaps give it some time and come back with new evidence.