Nitrification inhibition studies of neem coating on urea prills

G. V. Sridharan, Dhriti Hazarika, M. Ramananda Bhat, R. S. Suraksha, Srishti Singh

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Abstract

The Government of India introduced neem coated urea prills as an alternative to traditional urea prills with a view to improve the nitrogen usage efficiency by inhibiting nitrification. Neem was chosen because it contains Azadarachtin, which acts as a nitrification inhibitor in addition to its insecticidal properties. A laboratory experiment was set up for a study period of 18 days to compare the efficiency of neem coated urea as an effective nitrification inhibitor in comparison with normal urea. Results revealed that the neem coated urea was able to retard nitrate formation by 60 % at its maximum concentration and 52.5% on an average when compared with normal urea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-198
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Journal of Chemistry
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)

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    Sridharan, G. V., Hazarika, D., Bhat, M. R., Suraksha, R. S., & Singh, S. (2017). Nitrification inhibition studies of neem coating on urea prills. Asian Journal of Chemistry, 29(1), 196-198. https://doi.org/10.14233/ajchem.2017.20376