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12 Jul 2021

New Fertilizer Technologies

Michael McLaughlin, Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia and Ramesh Raliya, General Manager and Head of R&D at IFFCO's Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, India sat down with IFA Chief Scientist Achim Dobermann to discuss the future of smarter fertilizers and developments in fertilizer technology, including the potential and challenges for nano-technology in crop nutrition.

About the guest speakers

Dr. Mike McLaughlin is a Professor in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine and Director of the Mosaic-sponsored University of Adelaide Fertiliser Technology Research Centre ( Mike gained his B.Sc. from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, a M.Agr.Sc from the University of Reading (UK) and his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide (Australia). With research interests in soil/fertilizer chemistry and crop nutrition, he has published more than 350 research papers dealing with fertilizer chemistry, soil fertility, crop nutrition and fertilizer contaminants and holds several patents covering novel fertilizer formulations.
Dr. Ramesh Raliya is the General Manager (Research and Development) at the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), India, and visiting scientist at the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Ramesh received his Ph.D. from the Central Arid Zone Research Institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and his M.Sc. from the Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, India. Ramesh’s research expertise is in product and technology development with the aim of reducing fertilizer runoff while improving sustainable agriculture and he has invented processes for synthesizing novel inorganic and organic nanoforms for plant nutrition.