Phosphorus fertilizer use can be reduced by using zinc oxide nanoparticles, finds WashU study

May 1, 2016 |

In Missouri, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a way to reduce the use of fertilizer made from rock phosphorus and still see improvements in the growth of food crops by using zinc oxide nanoparticles. This is the first study to show how to mobilize native phosphorus in the soil using zinc oxide nanoparticles over the life cycle of the plant, from seed to harvest. The research was published April 7 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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