This book is the outcome of a perception by the author's 28 years of experience as a teacher to have a textbook of fertilizers for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and teachers of State and Central Agricultural Universities (SAUs/CAUs), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other Academic Institutions. This book addresses the courses dealing with fertilizers and their uses, occupying an important position in the post-graduate and Ph.D. curricula of all the SAUs/CAUs, ICAR Institutes and other agricultural colleges in the country. It encompasses classification of fertilizers; details on nitrogenous fertilizers; different feedstock, raw materials, synthesis of ammonia, manufacturing process of nitrogenous fertilizers and their chemical and physical properties, methods of application and fates to soils; manufacturing process of phosphatic fertilizers - their chemical and physical properties, methods of application and fates in soils; manufacturing process of potassium fertilizers - their chemical and physical properties, methods of application and fates in soils; fertilizers containing secondary nutrients and micronutrients; slow-release or controlled-release fertilizers - their importance and scope in the present context; and specifications of different fertilizers.
In this book, the author has given systematic and in-depth coverage related to fertilizer technology and their systematic application under different soil-plant conditions. It has been written to provide the basic principles and theories employed by the fertilizer industries. This publication will be of immense use to all concerned with fertilizers use and agricultural development such as agricultural administrators, researchers, teachers, students, soil chemists, extension workers, farmers, field advisor and marketing staff of the fertilizer industry, trading organization, training centres and international institutes.
Dr. Dipak Ranjan Biswas has an excellent academic carrier with undergraduate from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal; Post-Graduate and Ph.D. at Indian Agricultural Research Institute(IARI), New Delhi. Dr. Biswas is an excellent teacher, presently working as Principal Scientist, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. He had a long tenure of 28 years as teacher and 34 years as researchers at the ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. He has guided/guiding several Ph.D/M.Sc. students, most of them joined in the Agricultural Research Service of the ICAR as Scientist. It brings together the accumulated experience and knowledge gained during his professional career on the use and management of fertilizers. Dr. Biswas is widely known for his work in soil fertility and fertilizer use and development of novel fertilizers. Presently, Dr. Biswas is discharging his responsibilities in the national level as the Secretary, Indian Society of Soil Science and Editor (Ex-Officio) of the Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science, New Delhi, contributing significantly in shaping soil science research and education in the country since 2013. He has been elected as the President of the Section of Agriculture & Forestry Sciences in the 108th Session (2020-2022) of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Kolkata. He is discharging his responsibilities as the Honorary Editor of Everyman's Science published by the ISCA.
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2. Nitrogenous Fertilizers
3. Phosphatic Fertilizers
4. Potassium Fertilizer
5. Secondary Nutrient Fertilizers
6. Micronutrients Fertilizers
7. Slow-Release or Controlled-Release Fertilizers
8. Fertiliser Control Order and Fertilisers Specifications