The ion exchange of the primary minerals is one of the central topics from the perspective of geological and soil scientific studies as well as papers concerning plant nutrition. The latter has been given great importance in the last years and decades as can be seen from the numerous publications addressing this theme. Today primary broadspectrum minerals hardly play a role as a carrier of nutrients in conventional agriculture
This report contains information for “fertilization with rock dust” with an orientation towards practical application. The widely used term “gesteinsmehl” will be limited here to pulverized rocks of silicate origin.
The advantage of rock dust is that it is a natural, raw material, and carrier of numerous minerals and trace elements with long term effect. The nutrients are released slowly and gently during the process of natural weathering in the forest ecosystem (without fertilization shock). In the following, we report the latest results of the experiments in the forest of Arenberg-Schleiden.