Increase Available Phosphorous in Acidic and Alkaline Soils

Request Number N261873
Author Kevin Andrews
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ICL Innovation, a technology incubator for ICL, is seeking an additive to standard phosphate containing fertilizers such as granular mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), granular nitrogen phosphorous potassium (NPK), and di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) to significantly increase phosphate availability to plant roots when applied to acidic (pH 4-5) and alkaline (pH 7.5-8.5) soils.


In September, NineSigma and ICL Innovation held a webinar on this project. The transcript and recording are available for viewing.








Enhanced efficiency in use of nutrients has clear advantages, both environmentally and economically. As a leading fertilizers company, ICL strives to enhance nutrient utlization. Phosphate containing fertilizers are in wide use in the agro industry, but much of this phosphate is unavailable to the plant for various reasons. This fact is exacerbated in acidic and alkaline soils. To mitigate this problem, we are seeking to increase the availability of phosphate in the fertilizer granules we are already selling. The solution needs to be a material added to current fertilizer production processes. Only a marginal increase in cost can be accepted due to market acceptance of such a solution. If solved, this solution could translate to significant environmental benefit, as less fertilizer will be lost to the environment.




Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Be effective in the following pH ranges: acidic 4-5, alkaline: 7.5-8.5
  • Be compatible with current fertilizer production processes
  • Not increase cost by more than 10% compared to cost of current phosphate containing fertilizers


Possible Approaches

ICL Innovation is open to all approaches capable of achieving the criteria set forth above.


Approaches not of interest



Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

ICL Innovation welcomes responses from academic, research institutions, or other organizations who are interested in developing innovative technologies and sharing intellectual property in licensing. Approaches with demonstrated feasibility are preferred, but early stage approaches with sound scientific concepts are also welcome. Technologies aligned with business interest will enjoy full funding until implemented on an industrial scale.


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Point of Contact
Kevin Andrews
Area of Interest
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Crop Production
  • Nursery & Floriculture
  • Timber Operations
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Synthetic Chemistry
ICL Innovation
Due Date
December 31, 2016
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