What is Zeolite?
Zeolites are hydrated alumina silicate minerals. Their molecular structure looks like honeycomb or cages having millions of channels and cavities of 2-12 Angstrom size. It contains water and exchangable cations with low bonding energy which gives Zeolite cation exchange capability. Water molecules are easily excluded and re-adsorbed from the crystal when heated.

Field of applications of Zeolite are in the scope of Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture, Animal farming, Construction Industries and Medical Science by both scientific and commercial aspect.

Zeolite is discovered by a Swedish geologist, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt in 1756, however it is commercially treated only in late 1960's. In our country its presence is detected in 1971.

Zeolite has very rich mineral deposits in Turkey with a wide application in the field of ,animal feed additive, agricultural soil conditioner, fertilizer additive, plant growing , cat litter, toxic waste elimination, water filtration treatments.

 

Where to Use?
Neutralizes the pH imbalance of soil by its anion-cation exchange capacity from acidic or basic environment.

Adsorbs the excess Ammonium in the soil.

Increase the organic content of the soil.

Results better rooting media in sandy soil with high water permeability.

 
Water Saving
Its adsorbtion capacity can hold water 85 % to 135 % of its volume. In high ambient temperatures moisturize the soil by the water inside the body. This, prevent water loss by vaporisation or moving away by gravity and results a water saving up to 46 %.
 

 

Fertilizer Saving
If the solid fertilizers can not solved by rain or other means in 7 days, 27 to 35 % of the Nitrogen is being evaporated. Zeolite captures these water soluble nutrients (N-P-K) in its micro cavities and submit to roots slowly making a Fertilizer saving up 18 to 25 %.

Although 75 % of the world is covered by water, only 3 % of this can be used in plantation.
When Global warming and reduction of water reserves are taken into consideration,
Usage of totally natural and harmless Clinoptilolite, is very important for humanity and
Natural Foodstuff.

 
Importance of Zeolite usage

Natural zeolites have a great hydrophilic property. Their crystal structure make them adsorb water even at the very low relative humidity conditions. Its crystal structure never be destroyed by this multiple adsorbtion process.

Nitrogen-containing fertilizers can cause soil acidification when added in excess.This leads to decreases in nutrient availability and can be eliminated only by addition of zeolite to the soil for pH balance.

The most important property of the zeolite mineral is its molecular sieve behavior which originates from the microporous crystal structure where the ions of anions and rare earth elements are easily adsorbed.

Water molecules are easily captured in the molecular cavities and can easily leave the mineral when temperature is increased.

 
 
Positive effects of Zeolite in Plant Growing (Cultivation)
Humidity adsorbtion property of Natural Zeolite prevents the decay of seedling roots at the clayey soil causing from much rain and fertigation.
Ammonia formation after the decomposition of urea are adsorbed at the micro canals and by this toxic effects of ammonium and nitrates are prevented.
 
Usage of natural zeolite in sandy soil or low organic content soil results to a very serious fertilizer saving because these type soil needs too much fertilizer to be add externally. In many countries farmers are using natural zeolite addition in order to keep nutrient ammonium based fertilizer inside the soil instead of getting washed-away.
 
By keeping ammonium (NH4) and potassium (K) ions inside the mineral molecular structure, natural zeolite feed the soil by these nutrient material slowly under kontrol.
 
In Transportation and Storage of Fresh Vegetables and Fruits :
 
Effect of Ethylene gas which is used and causes decay during the collection is minimized by covering fruits and vegetables with natural zeolite within the process. This leads a longer storage time before decaying starts for especially the products which have short waiting period.
 
 
This also avoids the losses of the traders and the producers originating from the decay of the product.