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Heitor Cantarella, is the Director of the Soils and Environmental Resources Center at Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC) in Brazil. His expertise is in nitrogen, fertilizer use efficiency, soil analysis, and environmental issues related to fertilizer use in agriculture. He has worked with fertilization with a variety of crops including maize, citrus, and sugarcane. His work helped to set the basis for fertilizer and lime recommendations for crops in Brazil as one of the editors of Bulletin 100, a key and widely used publication for this purpose.

Dr. Cantarella is also engaged in the multidisciplinary group of scientists that coordinate FAPESP’s Bioenergy Program (BIOEN), which supports research in various areas of bioenergy. He is also the present coordinator of the Nutrient for Life in Brazil, an initiative promoted by ANDA and IPNI to educate the common citizen about the nature and the benefits of fertilizer for food production and quality.

Dr. Cantarella has published more than 70 books and book chapters and 130 original papers in prestigious international journals such as Advances in Agronomy, Plant and Soil, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Scientific Reports, Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, Water and Air Pollution, Journal of Environmental Quality, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Agronomy Journal, and others. peer-reviewed journals.

Among recent prizes and professional recognitions are the VALE-CAPES Prize of Science and Sustainability (2013): National award as supervisor of MS dissertation (2014), the Hero of the Brazilian Green Revolution - FAO-United Nations, ANDEF, ABAG e EMBRAPA (2015), the IPNI (International Plant Nutrition Institute Award on Plant Nutrition (Brazil, 2016), and the IFA Norman Borlaug Award 2017 (IFA Paris-Zurich, 2017).