Smart Fertilizers

Slow-release formulations of agrochemicals based on Hydal PHA can raise their effectiveness. We develop smart fertilizers that lower the negative impact of these agrochemicals.

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Slow-release formulations provide better stability and longer retention of fertilizers in the soil. The prolonged effect allows plants to utilize a higher proportion of fertilizer than conventional formulations. With slow-release formulations, agrochemicals gain extra efficiency thanks to gradual release over time.

Every slow-release formulation is formed from an agrochemical itself and a carrier, typically a polymer that encapsulates the agrochemical and controls its migration into the soil. Very often these polymers are oil-based and hardly biodegradable. That contributes to microplastics pollution in the agricultural soils. Using fully biodegradable Hydal PHA as a polymer carrier, we can prevent primary microplastics usage in agriculture.

Lowering the agrochemicals mobility in the soil allows their higher efficiency and consequently lower total consumption. This brings secondary benefits: lower costs, lower mechanization and energy demand, lower toxicity, lower health risk, lower risk for resistance development, and lower phytotoxicity.

Smart fertilizers are one piece in the sustainable agriculture puzzle, which should lead to better soil quality, biodiversity, safety, and famine defeat.

Not only fertilizers but also pesticides can be encapsulated into a polymer matrix providing increased effectiveness and lower toxicity.
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Intensive agriculture with polluting chemicals on the top endangers the variability of living organisms of all origins. Smart fertilizer can reduce the negative impact of agrochemicals on the environment.


The slow-release formulations are the main source of primary microplastics in agriculture if they are produced from synthetic non-biodegradable polymers. In contrast, Hydal PHA is fully biodegradable and nature-friendly.

Social-economic impact

More efficient fertilizers can lower the costs for the same yields. Fewer agrochemicals applied means fewer polluting chemicals in food and the environment.

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