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Scientific, technological and economic outlook for sustainable fertilization technologies

Laurier Office of Research Services

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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 This day long seminar will provide participants with opportunities to: 

  • explore avenues for best agricultural practices that maximize the benefits of soil amendments;
  • discuss research opportunities focused on the mechanisms involved in making nutrients available to plants by using the diversity of microorganisms present in soil and soil amendments. 

Attendees will be able to hear from researchers and companies involved in soil amendments and explore avenues for good agricultural practices. Companies with products in this area will be in attendance. Please contact Oleg Stukalov if you would like to exhibit your product in mini-trade show.

8:30am Registration Opens 
8:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tyler Whale, Ontario Agri-food Technologies; Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos, Associate VP Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

 9:15am Dr. Peter van Straaten, University of Guelph  

Rocks for Crops: The use of locally available minerals and rocks to enhance soil fertility


John Slack, Boreal Agrominerals Inc 


The Spanish River Carbonatite – Prospecting for Agrominerals


James Jones, M.Sc. candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University


Agromineral amendment maintains pea health and promotes soil microbial growth in a lab setting

10:20am   Dr. Pedro M. Antunes, Algoma University   

Manipulating the soil microbial community for rhizofortification

10:50am   Refreshment Break 
 11:00am  Alexandra ReidNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada   Partnership Grants Program
11:15am   Mahima AgochiyaOntario Genomics Institute  

Programs and funding for industry-academia genomics research projects

11:25am   Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, Trent University  The role of cover crops in sustainability of crop production systems
12noon Networking lunch (provided) 
 1:20pm Andrew White, Char Technologies  

Activated Biochar for hydrogen sulfide removal and subsequent use as a sulfur-enriched biochar "fertilizer”

 1:40pm Denis BlaisDay Group  

Zero Waste!

2:00pm Mark Kean, Mikro-Tek Inc.  

Climate change projects in agriculture: Mycorrhizal applications

2:30pm Networking and Refreshment Break 
3:45pm Dr. Adi Treasurywala,  ArrowCan Partners  A moderated discussion with academic researchers and industry partners on future research directions and next steps to collaborate and advance long-term economic and environmental sustainability of Ontario agriculture"
5:00pm Wrap up 


 Trade show open from 9am - 3pm. 



Dr. Frédérique Guinel, Professor, Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Pedro M. Antunes, Associate Professor, Biology, Algoma University

John Slack , CEO, Boreal Agrominerals Inc.



Have questions about Scientific, technological and economic outlook for sustainable fertilization technologies? Contact Laurier Office of Research Services

When & Where

Senate Chambers, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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Laurier Office of Research Services

The Office of Research Services supports the growth and expansion of research and scholarly activity at Laurier. Our goal is to assist researchers in obtaining the resources necessary for pursuing their research activities, including knowledge mobilization. The office provides assistance to faculty at all stages of applying for and administering research funding. 

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