Fertilizer Additive that Reduces Harmful Dust

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Background: This fertilizer additive increases particle stability and reduces both product loss and explosive risk from fertilizer dust. The global fertilizer market is expected to grow to $200.3 billion by 2018. Regular activities like transportation storage and exposure to moisture cause fertilizer to form small particles of fertilizer dust. This fertilizer dust poses a number of issues besides economic losses due to lost fertilizer. Dust buildup in facilities that handle fertilizer can cause an explosive risk and inhaled dust is harmful to people’s health. Available technologies that control fertilizer dust are not durable and are incapable of preventing dust formation when common micronutrients are added to fertilizer. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a composition of fertilizer that cuts fertilizer dust creation by 50 percent or more. By adding paper sludge or any fibrous material during the synthesis of fertilizer particle size is increased providing a significant improvement to available fertilizer technologies. Technology Description: Fertilizer dust is formed during the abrasion of fertilizer that occurs during the normal production transportation and use of fertilizer. Not only does it cause economic losses but it poses health explosive and environmental risks. By increasing the particle size of fertilizer the production of dust can be minimized. This additive increases the particle size of fertilizer by incorporating fibrous materials such as paper sludge cellulose or vegetable fibers into the synthesis of fertilizer therefore reducing the production of dust. Applications: Fibrous material fertilizer additive that reduces the production of harmful fertilizer dust Patent Status: US8979970

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