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November 14th, 2011

From the University of Rochester:


"For the past 100 years, the Haber-Bosch process has been used to convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, which is essential in the manufacture of fertilizer. Despite the longstanding reliability of the process, scientists have had little understanding of how it actually works. But now a team of chemists, led by Patrick Holland of the University of Rochester, has new insight into how the ammonia is formed. Their findings are published in the latest issue of Science."


Read more here.



November 7th, 2011

The Grains Research and Development Corporation is helping farmers get smart about fertilizer application.



Watch the video here as reported by ABC News Australia.




October 31st, 2011

Press release excerpt from Newswire:


"Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of Arborite® AG in the United States and Mexico. Arborite AG uses technology developed for Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) to help plants reach their full potential by reducing nitrogen volatilization."


“We are very pleased to provide the agricultural industry a proven product that will maximize farmers’ nitrogen investments,” said Brian Harlander, president of Gavilon Fertilizer. “The distribution of Arborite AG will be supported by our extensive North American distribution network, as well as our specialty fertilizer division, microSource.”


 Read more here.

October 28th, 2011

Here are some articles relating to this year's conference theme- Feeding a Hungry World.


World Food Day - Hunger eclipsed by financial crisis?
Campaigners against hunger voiced frustration on World Food Day that the global financial crisis has overshadowed a food crisis which is tipping millions towards starvation.
Source: Reuters, 16 October 2011 


Food supply not keeping pace with demand
With global demand for food continuing to rise, and agriculture consuming between 70 and 82% of fresh water available globally, the UN estimates that $10 trillion needs to be invested in agricultural infrastructure globally.
Source: China Daily, 14 October 2011 


Scientists reveal plan to double the world’s food supply
Scientists have mapped the world’s agricultural land and assess that if land used for production of crops to feed animals and produce biofuels were reallocated to grain for human consumption, the number of calories per person produced by agriculture could be increased by 50%.
Source: Vancouver Sun, 13 October 2011 


The articles are taken from IFA Media Report. 

October 14th, 2011

We’ve curated this list of fertilizer technology news from IFA. Click the title to read more.


Removing phosphorus from effluent using algae? 
A New Zealand scientist has received a grant to study how algae can be used to remove phosphorus from effluent and at the same time, clean up the country’s rivers.
Source: Manawatu Standard, 6 October 2011


 ‘Climate-proofing’ crops for the developing world 


Scientists are responding to calls from African leaders for new tools to deal with the impact of climate change on food production with a series of adaptation strategies for more than a dozen crops.
Source: EurekAlert, 3 October 2011


 G20 eyes increased support for farm research 


Senior G20 officials are to meet scientists to discuss how they can boost the contribution of agricultural research to food security.
Source: AlertNet, 9 September 2011


 Nitrogen in soil cleans air 


Scientists have discovered that nitrogen fertilizer may be positive for the environment and may strengthen its self-cleaning capacity.
Source: Environmental Protection, 22 August 2011


 Examining nanotechnology for the recovery of phosphorus 


One answer to the problem of increasing amounts of phosphorus entering waterways is to recover it using nano-particle technology.
Source: Waterworld, 19 August 2011


 You may browse more fertilizer articles at the IFA website.

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