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University of Michigan gets NSF grant to create fertilizer from urine

Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan are using a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to create agricultural fertilizer out of human urine, according to The University Record, the school’s weekly newspaper for faculty and staff.

Most commercially produced fertilizers rely on nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to aid plant growth.

All these chemicals are naturally present in urine, making it an inexpensive and relatively easy-to-produce source for needed fertilizer components.