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December 2017

  • Prof. Mike McLaughlin named Fellow of Soil Science Australia
    Prof. Mike McLaughlin, FTRC director, was awarded one of the highest honours Soil Science Australia offers: being made a Fellow.


    Prof. McLaughlin and Prof Balwant Singh (Univ. Sydney) join in 2017 the group of very distinguished Fellows, Professors Pichu Rengasamy, Alex McBratney, Deli Chen, Lyn Abbott, Steven Raine and Neal Menzies, all of whom have made, and continue to make a significant contribution both to soil science and to Soil Science Australia.

    In the official announcement from Soil Science Australia, we quote:

    “Mike McLaughlin has an excellent track record as an educator, with many young scientists who have worked with him going on to impressive careers in their own right. He has also made a significant contribution to Soil Science Australia and is an outstanding representative of the discipline of Soil Science.”

    FTRC and many students past and present congratulate Mike on this soil science distinction.

December 2017

September 2017

July 2017

  • Chandnee Ramkissoon won the second prize in the 3MT competition
    Chandnee Ramkissoon from the FTRC won the second prize in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide.

    The “3 Minute thesis” is a research communication competition assessing the ability of the graduate students in efficiently summarising their PhD research in a 3-minute talk using only 1 slide for a broader audience.

    Chandnee’s presentation focused on the global need to enrich commercial fertilisers with essential micronutrients, with the ultimate aim of improving the nutritional quality of food for human diets. Her presentation was exceptional and clearly explained the benefits of her current PhD study with selenium. (“Selenium dynamics in cereal biofortification: optimising fertiliser formulation and crop residue management”). Chandnee’s study is a part of the partnership program between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham (UK) utilizing equipment and expertise of both Institutions.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Chandnee for this prestigious award.




December 2016

  • Colin Rivers won the Best Poster Award (New Zealand + Australia Soils Conference)

    Congratulations to Colin Rivers from the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) on his best poster award (Australian) at the Joint NZ Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference in Queenstown NZ in December 2016.

    Colin’s work looked at fertiliser coatings designed to prevent the ingress of water droplets in highly humid storage conditions which cause caking and product breakdown. He found a relationship between contact angle measurements of coatings on microscope slides and the moisture uptake of fertilizers with these coatings applied. A large range of coatings can be screened using this method. His poster entitled “Coating contact angle as a predictor of fertilizer stability in highly humid conditions’’ received a lot of attention at the conference.

    Colin is well known on the Waite Campus as he began working in the Agronomy Department in 1967 and the Soil Science Department later that year culminating in 50 years’ service. His passion for his work is amazing. Colin has enjoyed helping hundreds of postgraduate students with their studies, has a dogged determination to solve problems and in recent years has produced many new laboratory granulated fertilizer formulations for the FTRC.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Colin for this prestigious award and thank him for his years of dedicated service past and present.



December 2016

December 2015

August 2015

  • New Agreement for Advanced Fertiliser Research

    The University of Adelaide's News release is reproduced below:

    Research into advanced fertilisers that are more efficient and minimise environmental impacts has been given a boost with a new five-year, $8.5 million partnership agreement between the University of Adelaide and US-based fertiliser producer The Mosaic Company.

    Based at the University’s Waite campus, the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre was established in 2007 as a joint venture between the University and The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest combined producer of phosphate and potash, to develop and evaluate more efficient fertiliser products.

    “Over the past eight years with Mosaic’s support, we’ve been able to significantly expand our research and develop new techniques for fertiliser formulation and evaluation,” says Professor Mike McLaughlin, Director of the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre and Professorial Research Fellow with the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

    “Research over the next five years will be focussed around developing fertilisers using nanotechnology and other novel materials and formulations for enhanced efficiency and minimised environmental impacts.

    “We will also be working towards reducing the cost of manufacturing multi-nutrient fertilisers. Farmers and fertiliser users around the world will be the beneficiaries.”

    Outcomes from the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre to date have included:

    • a model to predict release rates of nutrients, in particular sulphur, from complex multi-nutrient fertilisers
    • manufacturing methods to optimise micronutrient fertiliser efficiency
    • rapid tests to evaluate fertiliser effectiveness
    • new dual-release micronutrient fertilisers
    • a better understanding of the impact of new raw materials on fertiliser quality.

    “The Centre’s work has been critical to Mosaic’s new product development,” says Dr Matt Clover, Manager, Research and Alliance with The Mosaic Company.

    "Continuing our partnership will lead to a better understanding of how nutrients behave in the soil, and how enhanced efficiency fertilisers can increase yields while protecting nutrient losses to the environment.”

March 2015

  • Prof. Michael McLaughlin is the laureate of the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award

    Every year since 1993 the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) grants the "Norman Borlaug Award - For Excellence in Crop Nutrition Research" for the scientist that has led to significant advances in crop nutrition.

    For 2015, IFA announced Prof. Michael McLaughlin as the IFA Norman Borlaug Award laureate.

    The IFA press release is reproduced below:


    Professor Michael McLaughlin

    Paris, France, 20 March 2015

    Prof. Michael McLaughlin is the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award laureate. He was nominated by The Mosaic Company and was selected from ten other excellent contestants.

    Professor McLaughlin is a Science Fellow in Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a Research Professor in Soil Science at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. Professor McLaughlin has more than 30 years of experience in soil fertility and plant nutrition research, covering more than three continents starting first in Africa, and then in Australia and southeast Asia. His research now has a global impact and coverage through the establishment of The University of Adelaide Fertiliser Technology Research Centre.

    Professor McLaughlin's research is characterized by a focus on the fundamental mechanisms of fertilizer behaviour in soils and linking these to field observations to improve fertilizer effectiveness.

    Professor McLaughlin's research is also characterized by the using of new methods to examine fertilizer behaviour and effectiveness, such as isotope tracing and dilution methods to determine the fate of added fertilizer and to benchmark improvements in crop nutrition effectiveness.

    One of Prof. McLaughin's merits is that he is also an apt and avid communicator of his research. Due to a severe drought in Australia in 2006, many growers and farmers requested information on how to manage fertilizers during and after the drought, as effects of drought on fertilizer residual value and phosphorus fixation are poorly understood. Prof. McLaughlin and two colleagues quickly wrote and published a factsheet for growers detailing current scientific knowledge of nutrient management under drought conditions and recommendations for fertilizer management in the 2007 season. This material has since been widely used by growers in Australia. Moreover, Prof. McLaughlin has supervised over 20 postgraduate research students from Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.


    FTRC congratulates Mike for this prestigious distinction.

January 2015

December 2014

  • Courtney Peirce received the KP Barley Prize 2014

    CourtneyCourtney Peirce received the prestigious KP Barley Prize ($ 2,000) from the Faculty of Sciences - The University of Adelaide for outstanding achievement in a postgraduate degree in Agriculture or Natural Research Science in 2014.

    Courtney in working toward her PhD in Soil Science at The University of Adelaide with the dissertation title is "Foliar fertilization of wheat plans with phosphorus" under supervision of Mike McLaughlin.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Courtney for this prestigious Award.

     

November 2014

  • Ashleigh Broadbent won the Best Poster Award (National Soil Science Conference)

    AshleighCongratulations to Ashleigh Broadbent from the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre who won the best poster award for candidates younger than 35 years of age at the recent National Soil Science Conference held in Melbourne, 23-27 November 2014. Ashleigh's poster " Visualization of phosphorus diffusion from fertiliser" describes a unique technique developed at the centre, which visualizes on filter paper the area of phosphorus diffusion from a fertiliser granule in soil. This provides researchers with valuable, timely information about the mobility of P from fertiliser formulations under development.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Ashleigh on her success.

September 2014

  • Courtney Peirce received the 2014 IPNI Scholar Award

    Courtney Peirce has been selected as 2014 Australia & New Zealand IPNI Scholar Award Recipient. The Awards of US$2,000 were sponsored by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) to 30 graduate students worldwide in recognition of their outstanding scholastic record and in appreciation of relevant contributions to the agricultural sciences. Courtney in working toward her PhD in Soil Science at The University of Adelaide with the dissertation title is "Foliar fertilization of wheat plans with phosphorus" under supervision of Mike McLaughlin.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Courtney for this prestigious Award.


     

June 2014

October 2013

  • Partnership Mosaic-FTRC received the 2013 Adelaide Innovation Champion Award

    The partnership between the Mosaic Company and the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) was recognised with the ARI Innovation Champions Award. The ARI (Adelaide Research & Innovation) recognises organisations working with the University of Adelaide to change the world through research and development.
    The 10 Innovation Champions were those that have partnered with University of Adelaide researchers on a significant innovation - resulting in commercial, environment and/or social benefit through more effective products, processes, services, policies, technologies or ideas. The Innovation Champions will be featured in our anniversary publication '30 Years of Adelaide Innovation' plus donating $500 to charity on their behalf.
    The inaugural Innovation Champions were announced on Friday 25 October 2013 at a cocktail ceremony in the Mortlock Chamber of the South Australian State Library, North Terrace.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Mosaic Company for this prestigious Award.




 September 2013

  • Daniela Montalvo received the 2013 IPNI Scholar Award

    Daniela Moltalvo has been selected as 2013 Australia & New Zealand IPNI Scholar Award Recipient. The Awards of US$2,000 were sponsored by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) to 26 graduate students worldwide in recognition of their outstanding scholastic record and in appreciation of relevant contributions to the agricultural sciences.

    Daniela is working toward her PhD in Soil Science at The University of Adelaide with the dissertation entitled "Improving phosphorus availability in Andisols and Oxisols" under supervision of Mike McLaughlin and Fien Degryse.

    FTRC would like to congratulate Daniela for this prestigious Award.


    Daniela

     

December 2011

 

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