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Formulation, utilisation and evaluation of organomineral fertilisers

By Diogenes Luis Antille

Abstract

The water industry recognises significant cost advantages in recycling sewage sludge (biosolids) to agricultural land compared with alternative more expensive disposal options such as incineration or landfill. A recent technique was proposed by United Utilities plc for the production of organomineral fertilisers (OMF) from biosolids granules which adds additional nitrogen to the biosolids’ nutrients to form a balanced NPK fertiliser. The aim of this research was to determine the effects in cereal and grass crops of using organomineral fertilisers (OMF) made from nutrients-enriched biosolids granules and to contribute towards the understanding of nutrient management and dynamics in agricultural systems. The research included soil incubation, glasshouse, lysimeters and field studies which used winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). A theoretical model was developed for fertiliser particle distribution studies which required the determination of key physical properties of the products. Two OMF formulations have been suggested: OMF10 and OMF15 which have the following NPK compositions: 10:4:4 and 15:4:4 respectively. These were suggested for use in grassland as well as arable cropping. The particle trajectory model showed that the particle size range for OMF10 and OMF15 should be between 1.10 and 5.50 mm and between 1.05 and 5.30 mm in diameter respectively. Cont/d

Publisher: Cranfield University
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk:1826/6853
Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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