New Products and Innovations
Innovation is an important part of Mosaic's success — our scientists and engineers are constantly researching methods for improving the agricultural process. We focus on the soil, providing crop nutrients that help farmers around the world efficiently grow more food on less land. Our research increasingly looks at sustainable ways to improve the nutrient content of the food farmers grow.
Today, agronomic research and development at Mosaic is accelerating when the world needs it most. In the last five years, our innovation pipeline has commercially launched four new fertilizer products. We're working with universities on plant research at the cellular level in order to develop products that will help farmers efficiently and profitably feed our growing world, while conserving and protecting our natural resources.
For example, in 2007, Mosaic and the University of Adelaide in Southern Australia formed the Mosaic Fertilizer Technology Centre. This five-year collaboration brings together the largest concentration of expertise in the southern hemisphere in the areas of cereal breeding, plant biotechnology and functional genomics, wine and horticulture research, soil science and land management, integrated pest management and bioinformatics. Scientists in Adelaide, in concert with Mosaic researchers, are evaluating a number of new technologies that increase efficiency while reducing agriculture's fieldprint.
In addition, Mosaic maintains a number of other strategic alliances with scientists in agronomy, soil and water science, engineering and research and development. In fiscal year 2009, Mosaic engaged with 41 Science Strategic Alliances on:
- Applied research activities.
- Educational and foundational initiatives to fuel higher learning at the university level and train a new generation of scientists in crop nutrition, engineering and agricultural activities that support Best Management Practices (BMPs).
- Industry collaboration and jointly funded research activities in areas such as crop yield improvements.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predicts global demand for food will double by 2050 due to population growth and increasing standards of living in emerging markets. This will put increasing pressure on natural resources. Mosaic research and development is focused on finding sustainable solutions that provide affordable, abundant and nutritious food. Here are just a few examples of Mosaic's sustainability efforts at work in the field with distributors, retailers and farmers.