The "New Paradigms for Crop and Soil Management" workshop place on the 9th February 2011 at the Linnean Society of London. It proved to be a great success with over 90 delegates in attendance.
There is a need to improve agricultural productivity in the coming century to ensure food supplies for a global population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, equating to a need to increase production by at least 50%. This second ‘green revolution' is set in a context of climate change, industrialisation and changing consumer demands in emerging economies, increasing use of renewable feedstocks for biorefining applications, limited natural resources and rising energy costs, and pressure to reduce emissions from the sector.
Understanding the relationships between crops and ecosystems is becoming an increasingly important research and development priority to establish sustainable crop management practices - in particular, the move from managing soils using chemical inputs to the use of biologically-based improvement strategies is a rapidly emerging challenge.
The programme, speaker biographies, abstracts and delegate list can be found in the delegate booklet.
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You can download a copy of the presentations by clicking on presentation titles. A summary of each presentation is available in the workshop report.
Introduction to the Biosciences KTN and Aims of the workshop - Tom Jenkins, Biosciences KTN
Session 1 - New Paradigms for Soil Management
Chair: Paul Hallett, SCRI
- The shift from chemical to biologically based crop protection - David Manning, University of Newcastle
- Tapping and preserving nutrients in soil - Andy Whitmore, Rothamsted Research
- Rhizosphere - Interface between plant and soil - Tiina Roose, University of Southampton
Session 2 - Identifying the Challenges to Uptake
Chair: Chris Tapsell, KWS-UK Ltd
- Training and Skills – National Capabilities and Requirements for CPD - Richard Godwin
- Working with Farmers to improve Soil Management - Brian Chambers, ADAS
- 21st century soil management-what new challenges for soil scientists - Sylvain Pellerin, INRA
Session 3 - Understanding the Commercial Drivers and Supply Chains
Chair: Robert Edwards, FERA
- Drivers affecting soil management and agronomy - Murray Hart, DEFRA
- Use of Waste as Fertilisers - Nicola Campbell, NFU
- New Perspectives for UK cider industry: where next for Orchards and the Cider Supply chain? - Richard Heathcote, Bulmers/Heineken UK
- Controlled Traffic Farming – a blank canvas for crop production - Dave Tinker, Controlled Traffic Europe
Session 4 - Opportunities for Innovation
Chair: Tim Hall, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Examining the latest developments in Seed Treatment - Ray Elliott, Syngenta
- Targeting soil pathogens – Opportunities and Challenges for Plant Biotechnologies - Anne Osbourn, JIC
- Doing more with less - Reconciling Food Security with Water Management - Ian Dodd, University of Lancaster
A report from the "New Paradigms for Crop and Soil Management" workshop is also available, providing an executive summary and an outline of each of the presentations. The report can be obtained by clicking on the image report at the top right of this page.