The world population is expected to grow to 9 or 10 billion by the middle of the 21st century; an increase of about 3 billion people in only 4 decades from now. Food production has to increase significantly to feed these people. Moreover, an improved living standard in economies in transition will increase the demand for higher food quality (e.g. shelf life, palatability) and an increase in the demand for animal-derived food. More animal-source food consumption implies that additional plant production is needed to feed the increasing number of livestock. Thus for 2050, it has been projected that total plant production will have to increase by about 70%.
High yielding and high quality plant production systems can be built on fertile soils. However, large areas in the world still have low and/or even declining soil fertility, which may contribute to declining yields. Increasing food production by improving soil fertility requires nutrient inputs via appropriate fertilizers, manures, and composts, and investments in effective nutrient management. Also crop husbandry, pest and disease management, soil management and irrigation will have to be improved to be able to close the gap between potentially attainable and actual yields. At the same time, environmental problems may arise if inputs of nutrients, pesticides and water are used excessively and not adjusted to site-specific conditions. Hence, the challenge is to find the appropriate tools to optimise crop husbandry and nutrient management in agro-ecosystems. Tools that gain more insight in the food production system and help farmers, advisors, industry, policy makers and researchers to increase land productivity in a sustainable manner.
The 16th International Symposium on Soil and Plant analysis (ISSPA-16) entitled ‘Using tools to optimize plant production and quality; exploring the system approach’, will be held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, in 2019 from June 17 to June 20. We have the honour to invite you to attend this Symposium and discuss your latest work on how to optimize plant production and plant quality. Contributions on tools to maintain or improve soil fertility and nutrient management without causing environmental problems e.g. through site-specific nutrient management strategies (precision farming) are most welcome. Discussions of novel technologies to quickly establish the crop nutrition status and to quickly assess the soil chemical, physical and biological soil fertility status, as well as on-the-go and on-site monitoring of soil and crop nutrient contents are also invited. Presentations on soil – plant interactions, soil based, and crop based recommendations, in season fertilization for as well arable, vegetable, fruit and forage production are also part of the program.
The ISSPA-16 includes five main themes: soil, plant, product, manure, system. Assessing variations in space (local, region, country, world) and time (short term, long term) will be part of the themes. The ISSPA is an international symposium and presentations of different approaches and of different regions/countries are welcomed.
ISSPA 2019Registration website for ISSPA 2019
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