To address resource scarcity and environmental considerations, it is important to strive for accurate fertilization. A way to achieve accuracy is to control how fast and under which conditions fertilizers become available to the rhizosphere, and subsequently to the plant. One can achieve improved control by modifying the physical and chemical properties, such as solubility, thermal and mechanical stability, and particle morphology. Or one can use encapsulation or polymer coating to inhibit nutritional ions from leaching out or transforming to evaporable forms.
As standard fertilizers are water soluble, ICL Innovation is searching for ways to make them less soluble or to extend the period in which nutrients are released to the soil. Examples include slow hydrolysis of larger molecules (as done with urea formaldehyde), or methods to minimize leaching and evaporation of nitrogen based fertilizers (nitrification and urease inhibitors).
ICL Specialty Fertilizers currently consists of six business units, namely; Everris, Fuentes Fertilizantes, F&C, NovaPeak, NU3, and ZRSFL, and offers the following product lines: Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRF), Slow Release Fertilizers (SRF), Water Soluble Straights, Water Soluble NPK Fertilizers (WSNPK), liquid fertilizers, Growing Media (GM), grass seeds, Plant Protection Products (PPP), various chemicals. We continuously strive to improve our SLF and CRF lines in order to allow a more precise mechanism to deliver the required nutrients to the plant.