Use of zeolite in agriculture and environmental protection. A short review

Authors: 
Szerement J., Ambrożewicz-Nita A., Kędziora K., Piasek J.

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the possibility of the use of natural aluminosilicates in agriculture and environmental protection. Zeolites are a large group of (cluster silicates) aluminosilicate minerals with different chemical composition. Due to their unique physical and chemical properties (high sorption capacity and ion-exchange, ion-exchange selectivity and structural thermal stability), they can be used for example in the production of mineral fertilizers. Zeolites can also be used as a medium of the active substances i.e. pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Their addition increases plant production levels and biological activity of the soil. Also zeolite’s excellent sorption properties can be used for the remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals. The history, structure, properties and application of natural zeolites is presented in this publication, based on the relevant literature.

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