Announcing IFA’s New Scientific Panel on Responsible Plant Nutrition
Paris, France -- A new scientific panel will provide crucial data and research to facilitate continued progress towards sustainable plant nutrition required for feeding the world’s growing population in the face of climate change and other challenges to agricultural systems.
Following an inaugural organizational meeting among seven scientists held in Versailles, France on November 17, the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) is pleased to announce the inception of a Scientific Panel on Responsible Plant Nutrition to meet the growing need for scientific research and expertise to further improve nutrient stewardship, in line with the outcomes of its IFA2030 strategic review. The panel will continue to grow, with a meeting planned for early next year where they will finalize their 2020 work program.
Composed of prominent plant nutrition experts from leading research organizations around the world, the advisory panel will provide scientific expertise and advice to the fertilizer industry, as well as the broader community of stakeholders engaged with agrifood systems.
“Good science is central to achieving sustainable plant nutrition which is crucial for the future of agriculture and our planet. We are delighted to benefit from the combined expertise of these world-renowned scientists”, said Mr. Mostafa Terrab, IFA Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive of OCP.
The Scientific Panel’s critical mission is to advance sustainable plant nutrition as it plays a key role in solving the challenges facing agricultural systems around the world by improving agricultural productivity and soil health while minimizing nutrient losses to the environment.
Promoting a scientific approach to vital plant nutrition topics, the panel will also advise IFA and its members on the development of nutrient stewardship related programs and plant nutrition performance indicators and recommend important research projects the industry may wish to support. It will also select IFA award recipients, including the IFA Norman Borlaug Award which is awarded annually to a person whose research or extension work has led to significant advances in crop nutrition.
IFA is delighted to announce that Dr. Achim Dobermann will be coordinating the panel in his new role as IFA’s Chief Scientist when he steps down from being the CEO of Rothamsted Research in January 2020, while Tom Bruuselma, Chief Scientist of IPNI Canada, will be serving as its inaugural Chairperson.
“I’m excited by this new opportunity to work with this important industry and provide IFA and its members with an additional research underpinning as they work to further advance fertilizer efficiency and optimize plant nutrition”, said Dr. Achim Dobermann.