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16th International symposium on soil and plant analysis 17-20 June 2019

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Friday, April 19, 2019


Eurofins Agro and Wageningen University & Research are bringing the 16th edition of the ISSPA symposium to the Netherlands.

Consumers expect higher quality food with minimum impact on the environment. The ISSPA is a biennial symposium that presents the latest technology in soil and plant management to respond to this demand.

Tools and technology for circular agriculture
The theme of the symposium is: ‘Using tools to optimise plant production and quality: exploring the system approach’. The 'system approach' stands for circular agriculture. This is an important theme in the Dutch agriculture sector and part of the vision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The symposium is an opportunity for plant and soil experts to see the latest tools and developments in circular agriculture from all over the world. Co-chair Dr. ir. Arjan Reijneveld: "It's extremely interesting to see that very many issues are international. For example: more insight in the quality of organic matter by for example fragmentation is an international topic. It is of course related to drought management, climate, precision farming and more."

Prominent speakers
Connecting science with practice is key during the ISSPA. Speakers and experts from home and abroad share the latest technology and findings. For example, Professor Ole Green from Denmark shows participants the latest technologies to identify problems with soil structure. Bonnie J. Kaplan updates participants about the relationship between soil fertility and nutrition. Is it true that we will now have to eat 3x as many fruit and vegetables to get the same quantity of minerals as in 1960? The Canadian professor explains how lower mineral levels in the soil affect our mental health. Prof. Dr. Fusuo Zhang is professor of Plant Nutrition at the China Agricultural University in Beijing. He will talk about “Tools for improving nutrient management in crop production systems.” Other subjects include the fragmentation of organic substances, measures to increase the water storage capacity of soil and insight into the quality of manure and compost.

Innovation around the corner
The last 3 biennial symposium were held in New Zealand, Hawaii and China. Agriculture in the Netherlands is one of the most productive in the world, part to its soil fertility. Maintaining or increasing soil fertility level requires investments and inputs, but at the same time environmental problems may arise. Hence, the challenge is to find and maintain a system that allows optimal yield and crop quality but also use nutrients and water in a prudent way.

The symposium will take place in Wageningen, the Netherlands, Hotel de Wageningsche Berg from 17 to 20 June. 

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