2021 Science Award Laureates


IFA Norman Borlaug Plant Nutrition Award Winner: Dr Patrick Brown

The 2021 IFA Norman Borlaug Plant Nutrition Award recipient is Dr. Patrick Brown, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California-Davis, U.S., for his varied work that has tackled many of the key challenges threatening crop productivity, resource use, environmental degradation and climate change.

2021 IFA Norman Borlaug Plant Nutrition Award Laureate: Dr. Patrick Brown

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30 November 2021

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Dr. Brown’s research includes groundbreaking contributions to understanding of the function, uptake and transport of boron, an essential nutrient for plants, as well as a decade of research of the nitrogen ecosystem in orchards. His more recent focus is on biostimulants – a set of microbial and non-microbial compounds that can enhance the growth of crops when applied to seeds, plants or soil – which has contributed to the development of national and international regulations that have helped bring legitimacy to this expanding area of plant nutrition.

In addition, Dr. Brown has developed widely used applied research and extension products. Since 2000, he has produced more than 200 applied articles, videos, podcasts and decision support websites that target agricultural producers, industries and regulatory agencies.


IFA Emerging Scholar Award Joint Winner: Dr. Pauline Welikhe

Dr. Pauline Welikhe’s research has focused on evaluating phosphorus (P) losses in tile-drained agricultural systems that can help contribute to improved nutrient conservation practice recommendations. She developed environmental indices that can be routinely used to estimate the potential for P loss from fields and applied artificial intelligence to help model P input-output relationships in complex agricultural systems for which there is currently limited understanding.

2021 IFA Emerging Scholar Award Joint Winner: Dr. Pauline Welikhe

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30 November 2021

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Dr. Welikhe’s research has helped to show how to reduce phosphorus loss to the environment by moving from focusing on contemporary phosphorus sources only to prioritizing both contemporary and legacy phosphorus sources when determining best management practices. Dr. Welikhe is a Research Scientist at Phospholutions, a U.S.-based startup company.

IFA Emerging Scholar Award Joint Winner: Dr. Maarten Everaert

Dr. Maarten Everaert developed an efficient new slow-release fertilizer that can be used to recycle phosphorous (P) in waste streams. Dr. Everaert’s research found that slow-release fertilizers, based on the properties of cheap and harmless layered double hydroxide materials, have the potential to increase P use efficiency, can reduce leaching and runoff losses of P in comparison with conventional soluble P and can be combined with sustainable P sourced from wastewater.

2021 IFA Emerging Scholar Award Joint Winner: Dr. Maarten Everaert

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30 November 2021

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This new type of fertilizer can contribute to the more efficient and circular use of phosphorous and broaden the array of tools available for sustainably feed plants while reducing nutrient losses. Dr. Everaert is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Division of Soil and Water Management, KU Leuven University, Belgium.