2022 10 IFS Fertiliser History and Future
This issue of Fertiliser Update commemorates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Society. As such, we thought that it would be appropriate for this issue to look both backwards at the history of the industry and the Society, and forwards in time, by considering issues that both the Society and our industry face.
Accordingly the first article combines information from past IFS Proceedings to provide an overview of the early development of the modern fertiliser industry and the technologies that it uses, up until 1995.
The next article is a summary of IFS Proceedings 465 on Phosphorus, Potassium and Sulphur Cycles in Agricultural Soils, one of the more noteworthy agronomic ones in our archive.
The third article extracts key points from Proceedings 687 and 751, Assessing the Carbon
Footprint of Fertilisers at Production and Full Life Cycle, one of the highest profile issues facing the industry today.
The fourth article is a commentary written by Society Member Debby van Rotterdam, examining some of the practical issues associated with the recent paper ‘What is a plant nutrient? Changing definitions to advance science and innovation in plant nutrition’, Brown et al, 2021.
The final article summarises the findings from research that the Society carried out among Members this year, and what these imply for how the Society should develop in the future.