Limus® is a urease inhibitor that protects urea-based fertilisers. Limus® improves nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) by minimising nitrogen losses from volatilisation and ensuring optimal nitrogen is available for your crop. Limus® is available as Limus® protected, granular urea and as Limus® Perform, a standalone product for use with liquid fertilisers (UAN).

Introducing Limus®:

Limus® is a unique, dual-active urease inhibitor from BASF available as both protected, granular urea and as a tank mix additive for liquid fertiliser (UAN).

  • Limus® protected urea: We have partnered with Bartholomews, COFCO and Thomas Bell, who apply Limus®, a liquid formulation, to their urea granules to produce Limus protected urea. For an overview of Limus protected urea, please click here .
  • For an overview of Limus® Perform, please click here .


  • Reduces ammonia emissions by up to 98%
  • Increases application timing flexibility
  • Improves yield by 5% vs. standard urea/UAN*
  • Raises performance of urea to the level of ammonium nitrate (AN)
  • Contains two actives for optimal efficacy
  • Offers more than 12 months storage stability

Why Limus®?

We have rigorously tested the efficacy of Limus® in both laboratory conditions and in the field. Across 93 BASF trials, up to 98% reduction was achieved with an average reduction of 70%. Whilst in the laboratory, we have assessed its performance on a range of different soil types. Reductions of up to 98% were also achieved with an average reduction of 83%.

Urea based fertilisers should be applied shortly before rainfall in order to reduce ammonia losses from volatilisation. Traditionally, higher rates are used, or additional applications are made, to compensate for the losses that can often occur. Limus® protected urea fertilisers can be applied independent of weather conditions as they effectively prevent these losses. This not only simplifies fertilisation programmes considerably, it also allows for greater flexibility and a more efficient use of resources.

We have been extensively testing the yield performance of Limus® in the field for a number of years, across a range of crops. Across 107 BASF trials, Limus® protected urea/UAN improved yield by an average of 5%, demonstrating that the reduction in losses achieved with Limus® ensured greater availability of nitrogen for uptake, resulting in higher yields.

As part of the comprehensive DEFRA funded NT26 project, the performance of the urease inhibitor, NBPT (one of the active ingredients in Limus®) was evaluated as an alternative to ammonium nitrate. The project concluded that granular urea plus NBPT matched ammonium nitrate for performance in winter cereals, according to average figures taken from 10 locations.

This result was mirrored across 74 BASF trials where Limus® raised the yield performance of granular urea to the level of ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate. These equivalent yields highlight that provided ammonia losses are minimised, urea is as reliable a source of nitrogen as ammonium nitrate.

Limus® is the only urease inhibitor available with two active ingredients (NBPT and NPPT). NBPT and NPPT target different urease enzymes in the soil, thus more effectively protecting the urea from ammonia volatilisation, compared to a urease inhibitor with only one active ingredient. Across 107 BASF trials, Limus® protected urea/UAN delivered 2.2% higher yield than urea/UAN protected with NBPT alone.

The stability of urease inhibitors when added to urea can be limited. Limus® is a liquid formulation and contains our BASF patented polymer technology, providing longer a.i. stability on urea granules compared to generic NBPT and 2-NPT formulations. Even at 20°C Limus® is stable for more than 12 months, giving confidence that even if purchased a year in advance, Limus® protected urea will still work effectively.

The innovative, liquid formulation negates the need to apply additional active ingredient during the production process to compensate for potential losses during storage. It also enhances the movement of the actives into the granule, further helping to prevent losses during application. During abrasion tests 97% of the actives remained on the granule.

Suppliers of Limus®

BASF is in partnership with four suppliers of Limus in the UK. “These companies were chosen for the quality of urea they supply, and we have supported them in the development of application technology. “This ensures the highest quality of every batch that leaves their production facilities” explains Business Development Manger Jared Bonner, “which allows BASF to provide technical support for Limus in partnership with our suppliers.”

These suppliers are, Thomas Bell, COFCO International and Bartholomews for solid urea fertiliser products, and through Frontier Agriculture as Limus Perform for liquid fertiliser treatment.

Limus® in action:

The benefits of two active ingredients

For an overview of Limus® protected urea, please find a summary sheet here.

For further information on nitrogen losses and Limus®, please find our brochure here

Download previous MSDS for Limus Clear and Limus Pro