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Type: Journal article
Title: Nitrogen dynamics in soil fertilized with slow release brown coal-urea fertilizers
Author: Saha, B.K.
Rose, M.T.
Wong, V.N.L.
Cavagnaro, T.R.
Patti, A.F.
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):14577-1-14577-10
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Biplob K. Saha, Michael T. Rose, Vanessa N.L. Wong, Timothy R. Cavagnaro, Antonio F. Patti
Abstract: Reducing the release rate of urea can increase its use efficiency and minimize negative effects on the environment. A novel fertilizer material that was formed by blending brown coal (BC) with urea, delayed fertilizer N release in controlled climatic conditions in a glasshouse, through strong retention facilitated by the extensive surface area, porous structure and chemical functional groups in the BC. However, the role of BC as a carrier of synthetic urea and the effect of their interaction with various soil types on the dynamics and mineralization of N remains largely unclear. Therefore, a soil column incubation study was conducted to assess the release, transformation and transportation of N from several different brown coal-urea (BCU) granules, compared to commercial urea. Blending and subsequent granulation of urea with BC substantially increased fertilizer N retention in soil by decreasing gaseous emissions and leaching of N compared to urea alone, irrespective of soil type. The BCU granule containing the highest proportion of BC had lower leaching and gaseous emissions and maintained considerably higher mineral and mineralizable N in topsoil. Possible modes of action of the BCU granules have been proposed, emphasizing the role of BC in enhancing N retention over a longer period of time. The results support the notion that BCU granules can be used as a slow release and enhanced efficiency fertilizer for increasing availability and use efficiency of N by crops.
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RMID: 0030099772
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32787-3
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