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Toxicity to terrestrial plants

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Low toxicity for urea to plants is predicted: the substance is widely used as a fertiliser and therefore has a beneficial effect on plant growth.

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Low toxicity is predicted for urea: the substance is widely used as a plant nutrient (N-source) in fertiliser, hence toxicity is unlikely.

The results of a study in soy bean plants confirm the low short-term toxicity of urea.

The substances urea and phosphoric acid do have a very high water solubility and its chemical properties do not indicate bioaccumulation and/or adsorption to soil. Therefore, the study is not considered necessary.