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Spotlight On...Micronutrients

Plants, like people, require a balanced diet. Major plant nutrients—such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium—play an important role through their use in fertilizers, but little attention is ever paid to micronutrient trace elements.

Iron, manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium, these are just a few of the micronutrients that are vital to a plant’s development. Akzo Nobel is a leading manufacturer in the chelated micronutrients market, which contribute to the improvement of crop quality and higher yields around the world.

The main function of chelating agents is to deliver micronutrients to the plant. Akzo Nobel has developed a range of micronutrient products that make use of organic molecules known as chelating agents. These include Bolikel® Ferica®, Rexene® and Rexolin®.

The micronutrients themselves are used as fertilizers for agriculture and horticulture, although which type of chelate is needed depends on the micronutrient involved, the pH and the application method.

For further information about Akzo Nobel’s micronutrient range, visit the micronutrients website at www.micronutrients.info .

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