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Dr. Pauline Welikhe, 2021 IFA Emerging Scholar, Defines Sustainable Phosphorus Management

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Dr. Welikhe's continued research at Phospholutions focuses on innovating technologies for sustainable phosphorus management through increased anionic exchange capacity, cutting costs, and reducing phosphorus pollution.

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IFA Emerging Scholar Awarded to Dr. Pauline Welikhe

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Dr. Welikhe’s research has focused on evaluating phosphorus (P) losses in tile-drained agricultural systems that can help contribute to improved nutrient conservation practice recommendations. She developed environmental indices that can be routinely used to estimate the potential for P loss from fields and applied artificial intelligence to help model P input-output relationships in complex agricultural systems for which there is currently limited understanding.

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Farm2050: Coalition Names First Five Nutrient Technology Trial Startups

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Farm2050 Nutrient Trialing Platform aims to identify, validate and demonstrate at scale promising technologies in nutrient management and water contamination reduction across broad acre crops, horticulture, and pasture-based dairy in collaboration with agritech investors, farmers, researchers, and startup companies around the globe.

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Phospholutions Raises $10.3 Million in Series A Funding

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Phospholutions, Inc., a sustainable fertilizer start-up based in State College, Pennsylvania, has announced $10.3 million in Series A funding led by Continental Grain Company. Other investors include: Tekfen Ventures; Maumee Ventures, LLC, the venture capital subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc.; Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative; and 1855 Capital.

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Silicon Valley Insider: Phospholutions vs. Phosphorus Pollution

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Our featured Silicon Valley Insider is addressing one of the most serious threats to our planet’s coasts and lakes: nutrient pollution. Last week, Phospholutions, a State College, PA-based fertilizer startup, raised up to $1.5m in funding.

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1855 Capital and Maumee Ventures co-lead Investment in Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer Company Phospholutions

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State College-based 1855 Capital and Maumee Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc., today announced that they have co-led an investment round of up to $1.5 million in the sustainable fertilizer start-up, Phospholutions.

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Startups Share Innovative Solutions

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ST. LOUIS – Ag Innovation Showcase celebrated its 10th anniversary in September in St. Louis. Since its inaugural year in 2009, the annual event has featured innovations in the agricultural and food industries through presentations by industry leaders and promising early-stage companies.

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Phospholutions – From Student Project to Thriving Startup

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Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb®. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

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The Generation of the Agripreneur

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Over the past five years, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences has been transforming the way students and faculty members do research--moving great ideas and solutions from the lab to the market.

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