A SCIENTIST formerly based at the BSES in Bundaberg has won a major award for his work on fertilisers.
Dr Bernard Schroeder was presented with the prestigious Snapper Award at the Australia New Zealand Fertilizer Industry Conference gala dinner on the Sunshine Coast.
The award recognises his efforts in soil and plant nutrition which have helped to optimise sugar cane yields and profitability while minimising nutrient surplus, off-site losses and water quality impacts on sensitive ecosystems such as the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Accepting the Snapper Award, Dr Schroeder, principal scientist with Sugar Research Australia, said he was delighted this work had been recognised with such a prestigious award.
"A major part of the work of my colleagues and I has been aimed at fine-tuning nutrient requirements for the Australian sugar industry," Dr Schroeder said.
"Not only has this culminated in many scientific papers, but has also been given practical expression as the Six Easy Steps program.
"The Six Easy Steps program is an integrated scientifically based nutrient management program developed for the Australian sugar industry.
"It is the result of a team effort, positive interaction with collaborators and ongoing support from the industry."
Charlotte Hebebrand, Director-General of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, congratulated Dr Schroeder on his contribution to soil and plant nutrition science, which she said had significant implications for sugarcane productivity.
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