Slow release rate: Individual granules and population behaviour
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Individual granules within a given granule population of a slow-release fertilizer (SRF) have a different release pattern. The populations studied differed both in relation to the time delay before the start of the release process and to the duration of the release. An association between a short delay period and a rapid release was found.
The random reease distribution can be approximated using first-order rate equations. In cases, a term describing a “lag” period should be added.
The distribution of release timing among the fertilizer granules may allow a long-lasting nutrient supply to the plant, as long as there are enough granules within the root zone to allow a uniform supply pattern.
Key wordsControlled release fertilizers kinetics mechanism nutrient supply rate of release slow release fertilizers (SRF)
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