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Researchers Turn Urine into Fertilizer
A University of Florida researcher and his team of students have come up with a novel approach to water conservation that turns urine into fertilizer and takes pharmaceuticals out of the environment.

Treavor Boyer, an associate professor of the University of Florida’s Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, and his team have developed a source-separation technique to harvest valuable nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium from flushed water.

Urine is responsible for 80 percent of the nitrogen, half the phosphorus, and half the pharmaceuticals in wastewater.


 
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