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Production and evaluation of a co-granulated elemental sulfur-micronutrient fertilizer

By: Wedisson Oliveira Santos, Edson Marcio Mattiello, Leonardus Vergutz, Patrícia Cardoso Matias

Key Words: Copper, Manganese, Zinc

Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res. 10(4), 14-23, April 2017.


The oxidation of elemental sulfur (ES) in soil and the resulting acidification can solubilize oxides containing micronutrients making them available to plants over time. In this study, we produced and evaluated a new fertilizer aiming to provide S, Zn, Mn and Cu in the same fertilizer granule (ES_micro). The effect of incorporating Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in the granule (ES-micro_Af) was also evaluated. A granular ES_micro fertilizer with and without the S-oxidizing microorganism and a mixture of Mn, Zn and Cu as sulfates were applied to pots containing two soils with contrasting textures for a sequential crop cultivation. ES_micro fertilizer increased maize dry matter production as well as Zn and Mn uptake more than ZnSO4 and MnSO4 fertilizers respectively, in clay soil. ES_micro had a residual effect to soybean cultivation for Zn in the sandy soil, and for Mn in the clay soil. The presence of A. ferrooxidans (ES-micro_Af) did not have any additional effect in terms of dry matter production and nutrients uptake, leading us to suggest that native soil microorganisms are effective to oxidize ES to S6+. The ES-micro granular fertilizer can be a potential S, Zn, Cu, and Mn source to provide a strategic release of nutrients, keeping them available in the soil for more time.

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Production and evaluation of a co-granulated elemental sulfur-micronutrient fertilizer

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Wedisson Oliveira Santos, Edson Marcio Mattiello, Leonardus Vergutz, Patrícia Cardoso Matias. 2017. Production and evaluation of a co-granulated elemental sulfur-micronutrient fertilizer. Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res. 10(4), 14-23
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