Plant and soil substrates

Sustainable agriculture thrives on protecting the environment. This is often a balancing act. On the one hand, farmers want to achieve high yields, and on the other hand, overuse of plants and soil poses a threat to the future. The need for environmentally friendly methods to protect plants and maintain good soil quality is therefore enormous. For this reason, the Fraunhofer IGB is working on sustainable processes for the production of fertilizers, soil improvers and pesticides.

Formulation of customized fertilizers

Not all fertilizers are the same. Depending on the type of agricultural use, farmers have different requirements for fertilizers. For this reason, the Fraunhofer IGB develops tailor-made solutions for the respective needs.

Formulation and stability studies of fertilizers

Leaf fertilization

Plant protection for ecological farming

Plant protection products are indispensable in agriculture to protect the cultivated plants from pests. The dilemma: chemicals offer effective protection, but are themselves harmful to the environment and, in the worst case, can also impair product quality. For this reason, the Fraunhofer IGB is developing biologically based crop protection products that are produced sustainably and do not harm the environment.


Drying processes play an important role in the production of fertilisers or pesticides. They facilitate the transport and storage of extracted nutrients and active ingredients, for example in the form of powders. Drying thus also forms the basis for the production of fertilizer pellets.

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