Types of fertilizers
Plant nutrients can be provided by mineral, organic or organo-mineral fertilizers, as well as through natural processes such as biological nitrogen fixation or the weathering of soil minerals.
The fertilizer industry produces mineral or manufactured fertilizers. A wide range of products supplying one or more essential mineral nutrients are available to farmers.
Growers can combine their fertilizer applications with plant biostimulants—a tool for sustainable agriculture. Plant biostimulants are products that contain substances or micro-organisms that stimulate the natural processes of plants and soils that lead to benefits such as better nutrient uptake, more resistance to abiotic stress such as high temperatures, and improved yield and crop quality.
Discover more about biostimulants in our backgrounder:
An Introduction to Biostimulants
What are plant biostimulants?
Plant biostimulants are products that contain substances and/or micro-organisms whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere is to stimulate natural processes independently of the product's nutrient content to henhance/benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, yield, and crop quality.
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