Getting smart with fertilizers!


Date: January 9, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Candle Span Room, The Atrium at Innovation Place, 106 111 Research Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 3R2

Currently, unused or excess fertilizer often ends up in lakes and water ways where it creates algae blooms.

Imagine a fertilizer that stays in the ground until plants need to access it, instead of being washed away or giving plants more nutrients than they can handle. A more efficient and cost-effective fertilizer can play a leading role in increasing crop yields and addressing malnutrition issues, as well as reducing the amount of fertilizer that farmers need to use, resulting in cost savings.

That’s what Carleton University chemistry professor Maria DeRosa and adjunct professor Carlos Monreal are developing: a smart fertilizer that waits to release its nutrients until crops tell it to do so.

It’s a technology that could have great benefit for the environment and human nutrition.

Join Dr. DeRosa to learn more.

Networking reception to follow. This event is free but registration is required.


About Maria DeRosa:
Dr. Maria DeRosa is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carleton University.  Dr. DeRosa received her PhD in Chemistry from Carleton University in 2003 and was presented with a University Senate Medal. She was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to do research at the California Institute of Technology from 2004-2005. In 2005, she returned to Carleton as a faculty member in the Chemistry Department.
She is the principal investigator of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)-funded facility known as the LADDER (Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Research) where she and her students examine DNA as a building block for medical and agricultural nanotechnology.
Maria was a recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Research Award in 2006 an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2010. Her teaching and mentorship have been recognized with a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award in 2014 and a Capital Educator Award in 2015. 


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