Mosaic Research Partner Dr. Ismail Cakmak Chosen as 2016 IPNI Science Award Winner
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Mosaic Research Partner Dr. Ismail Cakmak Chosen as 2016 IPNI Science Award Winner

December 15, 2016   |   ShareThis

Mosaic is proud of its collaborative, long-term research partnerships with key crop nutrition experts, including recently announced 2016 International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Science Award winner, Dr. Ismail Cakmak.

“Dr. Cakmak has made major contributions to scientific knowledge through his leadership role in alleviating the micronutrient malnutrition problem in developing countries,” said Dr. Terry Roberts, IPNI President.

A professor of Plant Physiology at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, since 2000, Dr. Cakmak is well known for his research on cereal crops and zinc nutrition.

Among other notable accomplishments, he directed a NATO-funded multi-institutional project on the issue of zinc deficiency in humans. His work in zinc biofortification of cereal crops helps address zinc-related health complications that affect over 2 billion people.

Collaborative private-public research insights into balanced crop nutrition and nutrient interactions are creating solutions for healthier plants, which lead to healthier people.

His research partnership with Mosaic quantified the increase of phosphorous uptake with MicroEssentials® SZ™ applied to corn compared to DAP-based blends that supply the same rate of nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur and zinc. Partnerships like Dr. Cakmak’s are helping Mosaic successfully develop products that deliver higher yields and increased fertilizer efficiency that help the world grow the food it needs.

About the IPNI Science Award

In its ninth year, the IPNI Science Award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, extension or education with a focus on efficient management of plant nutrients and their positive interaction in fully integrated cropping systems that enhance yield potential. Such systems improve net returns, lower unit costs of production, and maintain or improve environmental quality.

Private or public sector agronomists, soil scientists, and crop scientists from all countries are eligible for nomination. More information and nomination forms for the IPNI Science Award are available from the IPNI headquarters, its regional offices, or online at