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Plant Protein and Biochar Fertilizer
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For Information, Contact:
Dario Valenzuela
Senior Commercialization Manager, Life Sciences
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
4/7/2016
ISURF #
4288
Summary:
ISU researchers have developed a new, bio-char-based fertilizer that solves the problem of biochar application and incorporated additional biorenewable components for soil conditioning and enhanced nutrient availability.

Development Stage:
Description:
Consumer demands for environmentally friendly products continue to rise. Public concern over pollution and other negative environmental impacts from chemical production have created a great interest in alternative chemical products produced from bio-based feedstocks and end-use chemical products that incorporate both bio-based chemicals and green chemistry principles.

The technology involves the use of soy flour and biochar materials to form a bio-derived fertilizer with soil conditioner. Recent studies have demonstrated that biochar can retain fertilizing chemicals, enhance plant growth, improve cation exchange capacity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used as a soil additive. Previous research by the inventors has shown that soy-based plastics can be compounded with biochar to serve as an effective fertilizer and soil conditioner. The soy protein provides nutritional effects and stabilizes the biochar material. Biochar is a fine, black powder that cannot be spread onto soil without the addition of a binder or carrier. It is not possible to dispense the fine biochar powder directly because the wind would carry the powder uncontrollably. We have shown that it is possible to use pellets produced from soy plastic and bio-char to disperse this bio-based fertilizer easily and effectively.

Advantage:
• Environmentally Friendly
• Less Expensive Feedstocks
• Efficient Without Synthetic Fertilizers
• Competitive Production Costs

Application:
Lawn and Garden Fertilizer

Patent Information:
*To see the full version of the patent(s), follow the link below, then click on "Images" button.
Country Serial No. Patent No. Issued Date
United States 14/880,742 9,988,318* 6/5/2018


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