Press Releases

VFRC Releases Report on Micro-organism/Plant/Soil Relationships

January 6, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the first paper in its 2014 series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The report, “Beneficial Organisms for Nutrient Uptake,” written in cooperation with scientists from Wageningen University and Research Center, describes organisms with which plants can have beneficial relationships.

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VFRC Appoints new members to the Board of Advisors

January 1, 2014 – Washington, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) has appointed five new members to its Board of Advisors. The 12-member board represents leaders from a wide range of fields necessary for sustainable agricultural development, including the fertilizer and seed industry, agricultural development, research and education, health and nutrition, soil science, water conservation and policy.

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VFRC Releases Report on Early Phosphorus Uptake

December 2, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the final paper of 2013 in its series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The fourth report, written in cooperation with scientists from Plant Research International, a research institute connected with Wageningen University and Research Center, explores early uptake of the nutrient phosphorus (P).

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VFRC Releases Report on Planetary Boundaries

November 20, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the third paper in its series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The third report, written in cooperation with scientists from Plant Research International, a research institute connected with Wageningen University and Research Center, describes a methodology to assess the impact of fertilizer strategies on planetary boundaries, i.e., the limits of natural resources that constitute a “safe operating space for humanity.”

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VFRC Releases Report on Nutrient Uptake Through Plant Leaves

November 13, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the second paper in its series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The second report, written in cooperation with scientists from Wageningen University, explores nutrient uptake through the leaves of plants.

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VFRC Releases First VFRC Report

November 6, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center has released the first of a series of reports that explore the basis of the Center’s research agenda. The first report, written in cooperation with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), details the paths of nutrients in the leaves of plants.

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Board Members Discuss VFRC Mission and Vision in Video Interview Series

June 6, 2013 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., USA – The board of advisors (BoA) for the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) took part in video interviews during its 2012 annual meeting. These interviews, which have been added to the VFRC and IFDC websites (www.vfrc.org and www.ifdc.org), emphasize the urgent need for rapid, goal-oriented research and development in new fertilizer technologies and improved agricultural practices.

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Dr. Prem Bindraban Appointed Executive Director of Virtual Fertilizer Research Center

March 26, 2013 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. and WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – Dr. Amit H. Roy, president and chief executive officer of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), announced today that Dr. Prem Bindraban has been appointed as executive director of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), a semi-autonomous unit of IFDC. Bindraban will begin his duties on June 15 and will be based in the VFRC office in Washington, D.C.
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VFRC Now Issuing RFPs for New Fertilizer Technology Development and Commercialization

March 6, 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) is seeking proposals and ready to provide funding support to develop and commercialize new fertilizers and fertilizer technologies.

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VFRC Holds Third Board of Advisors Meeting

November 3, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, United States – The Board of Advisors of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) met October 30-31, 2011, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 14-member Board represents a broad spectrum of international experts in the fields of agriculture, fertilizer, food security, sustainable development, soil science and international philanthropy.

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