The Historical Revolution of Fertilizers

Fertilizers play and important part in maintaining trees that did not sprout from a natural process. When trees choose their own place to sprout, they do so because of the abundance of natural fertilizers and water sources. They rarely have difficulties unless there is a pestilence such as locusts, cellulose eating insects and weather damage.


History of Fertilizers

Fertilizers were invented by mixtures of chemicals and minerals just after development of the 1800s. Of course the Sumerians were known to do slash and burn to fertilize their fields which took place more than 4500 years ago. The main turn in fertilizers came when Nitrogen fixing became industrialized. Synthesis of Nitrogen fertilizers was established when men began to accomplish the chemical reactions to do this. Bosch, Haber, Liebig, Lawes and Wohler are some of the first to successfully discover the appropriate catalysts to bond nitrogen to various elements to create the classes of popular Nitrogen based commercial fertilizers. These processes have made the agricultural industry thrive so that the entire planet could eat well in most parts of the world.


Three Types of Fertilizers

Three types of fertilizer are used in agriculture for farming of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans. All of these agricultural products are important for feeding humans and animals to maintain the food chain. The first known fertilizer came from Chile. This was a mineral fertilizer, sodium nitrate or nitrate of soda which is also called Chilean nitrate. The nitrogen is fixed and is the only known source of natural fixed nitrate. It was mined and exported to Spain and Europe by the Spaniards. Synthesis of sodium nitrate began in 1928 in the United States. Use of this fertilizer is specialized now with others being more preferred for mass agricultural use.

An important fertilizer that comes from urine, Urea was later synthesized for mass production. It is an organic compound synthesized from an inorganic substance. Urea crystals are used in farming and in medical research for DNA sequencing and other molecular biological research.

Another type of fertilizer is Ammonium Phosphate. This was the first nitrogen based fertilizer produced by distilling ammonium chloride with quick lime. This process was developed in 1754 by Priestly. Years later the synthesis of ammonia was developed by Haber who was given the Nobel Prize for its development in 1918.

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