• What are nitrates?

    Galina Mirzahmedova
    Galina Mirzahmedova
    January 26, 2015
    What are nitrates?

    You can often hear about the harmfulness of nitrates, but not many of us can say for sure what it is. In fact, nitrates (nitrate) are salts of nitric acid, which consist of residues of a metal (cation) and the anion NO3.

    In the article below we will talk about the importance of nitrates and their use in production.

    Use of nitrates

    Nitrates are an essential component of the nitrogen cycle in nature and a necessary part of the nutrition of all plants. Without this form of nitrogen, plants cannot produce protein during biochemical reactions, which means that their vital activity is impossible. Synthetic nitrate, or nitrate, is used in agriculture for fertilizing land and plant nutrition. With the excessive accumulation of this form of nitrogen in plants, they become harmful and even dangerous to use. About the method of production of nitrate, you can learn from our article How to make nitrate. Nitrates are also used in the food industry as additives.

    The word can be used, for example, in the sentence: “The presence of nitrates in cucumbers or other green vegetables can be identified by their bright emerald hue.”

    Nitrates are quite toxic.


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