Dec 14, 2016
Dr. Cakmak received the 2016 IPNI Science Award
The U.S. based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has named Dr. Ismail Cakmak as the winner of the 2016 IPNI Science Award. His major contributions in alleviating the malnutrition problem in developing countries was appreciated. His research especially about zinc biofortification of cereal crops has contributed significantly to gain scientific knowledge in this area. K+S KALI GmbH and Dr. Cakmak have been cooperating for many years.
“We congratulate Dr. Cakmak for being rewarded with the IPNI Science Award,” said Professor Andreas Gransee, head of Research & Advisory at K+S KALI GmbH. „We are very proud to work with him regarding several projects in the field of plant nutrients.“
K+S KALI GmbH is among the project partners of the HarvestZinc project headed by Dr. Cakmak. He and his team found that foliar zinc application is significant in improving grain zinc concentrations. Thereby health problems related to a lack of zinc, which affect over two billion people, can be fought effectively. Moreover, for many years K+S KALI GmbH and Dr. Cakmak have been running a research cooperation on the effects of a balanced plant nutrition with Magnesium which contributes to this, besides potassium. He was among the organizers of the 1st and 2nd International Symposium on Magnesium in Crop Production, Food Quality and Human Health of the Institute of Applied Plant Nutrition (IAPN) – the joint research institute of the University of Göttingen (Germany) and K+S KALI GmbH. Currently, Dr. Cakmak is working as a guest scientist at the IAPN.
About Dr. Ismail Cakmak
Since 2000, Dr. Cakmak has worked as a Professor of Plant Physiology at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Cakmak is well known for his research on cereal crops and zinc nutrition. He directed a multiinstitutional project, funded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), on the issue of zinc deficiency in Turkey (1993 to 1998). Following the identification of the zinc deficiency, zinc-containing NPK fertilizer use has increased from 0 to 600,000 t (annually) in Turkey. The “HarvestZinc” international project was developed by Cakmak under the HarvestPlus Program to improve grain concentration of zinc and iodine.
About the IPNI
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is a not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of the human family. K+S KALI GmbH is a member company of the IPNI. More information at www.ipni.net.
About the IPNI Science Award
The IPNI Science Award is intended to recognize outstanding achievements in research, extension, or education. More information at www.ipni.net/awards.