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The father of the fertilizer industry

Today, Justus Freiherr von Liebig (1803 – 1873) was born in Darmstadt, Germany. He was one of the founders of organic chemistry and founded the modern laboratory-oriented teaching method at the University of Giessen. Among many other achievements, his emphasis on nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient, yielded him the nickname “father of the fertilizer industry”. Von Liebig postulated that chemistry could significantly increase agricultural yields and lower the costs. It was in itself a highly influential idea, which he also put into practice by developing a nitrogen-based fertilizer.

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