The 2020 Roullier Innovation Awards – an unprecedented digital version of the event!

The 2020 Roullier Innovation Awards – an unprecedented digital version of the event!

The pandemic has thrown the importance of scientific research into stark relief. On 11th January, against this exceptional backdrop, we held a ceremony in unprecedented virtual format announcing the two research teams that are the recipients of the 2020 Roullier Innovation Awards. Their prize? A grant of €75,000 and a one-year research contract with the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier (CMI Roullier - Saint-Malo, France) for each team.

Created in 2018, the Roullier Innovation Awards are a competition open to all research and university laboratories which reward the two best research projects related to the areas of expertise of the Groupe Roullier and its subsidiaries: Plant Nutrition and Animal Nutrition.

For the competition’s second year, it received more than 100 entries from researchers in 32 different countries. The two internationally renowned panels of judges were made up of six members, each an expert in their field in Plant Nutrition and Animal Nutrition, and they made their selection of the projects that demonstrated the best balance of scientific excellence and industrial development potential.

The project dealing with the modulation of the natural interactions between plant roots and soil microorganisms submitted by Dr. Cécile Monard (Head of Research at CNRS, France) and Dr. Abdelhak El Amrani (lecturer at the University of Rennes 1, France) was awarded the prize in Plant Nutrition. The prize for Animal Nutrition went to Prof. Mateus P. Gionbelli (Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Lavras, Brazil) and Prof. Marcio Duarte (Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil) for their project on the optimisation of nutritional efficiency in the development of cattle. All the details on the winning projects are available here.

The promising results of these projects will be developed in collaboration with our subsidiaries, TIMAC AGRO and Phosphea, with the aim of finding new, innovative solutions to meet the needs of the farmers and breeders who form our customer base.

To find out more about the competition and to relive its key moments, visit: IAR2020