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.
Information on ICL's current product line for slow release and controlled release fertilizers can be found in the ICL Specialty Fertilizers web page.
The successful technology will:
ICL Innovation is open to all approaches capable of achieving the criteria set forth above.
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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Find this Need on the ICL Innovation website.