Wide Range Nutrient Selection System for Maximizing Plant Growth

Primary Inventors: 

Ganisher Abbasov and Lyle Craker, Ph.D.

Description: 

Researchers at UMass Amherst, have devised a novel system to supply appropriate nutrients to plants only as needed to maximize growth and development, an improvement over the somewhat haphazard, wasteful method of under- or over-application of fertilizer needed by the plant, which limits growth or wastes expensive nutrients, respectively. Current commercially available devices supply needed nutrients in fixed concentrations throughout the growth cycle, not accounting for differences in mineral requirements as plants grow and develop.
The lack of nutrients in quantities needed by the plant slow growth and development and attempts to limit this deficiency through over-fertilizer leads to extra cost and potential leaching and run-off of fertilizers into valuable waterways.
This new system supplies varying concentrations of nutrients in segmented units using formulas tailored to meet the needs of specific plants for optimum nutrient absorption throughout the various stages of growth and development of the plant. Plant roots selectively absorb nutrients as needed, enhancing growth and maturity rates and producing higher crop yields, thus benefitting growers and consumers. The containment of fertilizer means that smaller quantities are applied with waste and run-off minimized. With appropriate adaptations, the system can be applied to field, greenhouse, and potted crops.Researchers at UMass Amherst, have devised a novel system to supply appropriate nutrients to plants only as needed to maximize growth and development, an improvement over the somewhat haphazard, wasteful method of under- or over-application of fertilizer needed by the plant, which limits growth or wastes expensive nutrients, respectively. Current commercially available devices supply needed nutrients in fixed concentrations throughout the growth cycle, not accounting for differences in mineral requirements as plants grow and develop.
The lack of nutrients in quantities needed by the plant slow growth and development and attempts to limit this deficiency through over-fertilizer leads to extra cost and potential leaching and run-off of fertilizers into valuable waterways.
This new system supplies varying concentrations of nutrients in segmented units using formulas tailored to meet the needs of specific plants for optimum nutrient absorption throughout the various stages of growth and development of the plant. Plant roots selectively absorb nutrients as needed, enhancing growth and maturity rates and producing higher crop yields, thus benefitting growers and consumers. The containment of fertilizer means that smaller quantities are applied with waste and run-off minimized. With appropriate adaptations, the system can be applied to field, greenhouse, and potted crops.

Applications: 
  •  Suitable and adaptable for a variety of crops: herbs, ornamentals, nursery stock, vegetables, fruits, field crops. 
Advantages: 
  • Simple to use, requires little training, suitable for homeowners or commercial producers
  • Higher yields per plant, enhanced growth and maturity rates, enabling extra harvests per growing season depending on the crop
  • Economical, uses less fertilizer per plant
  • Environmentally friendly, minimizing run-off into ground water and streams
Licensing Status: 
Available for Licensing and Sponsored Research
Patent Status: 

Patent Process Initiated

Docket: 
UMA 12-04
For More Information: 

Michael Jaremchuk
Senior Licensing Officer
Phone: 413-577-6121
EMail: jaremchuk@research.umass.edu