2nd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference

Climate ready resource use-efficient crops to sustain food and nutritional security

26 - 28 March 2017 | Meliá Sitges, Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain

** A virtual special issue with selected articles from the Agriculture and Climate Change Conference 2015 is freely available online until 6 March 2017. Click here.**

Maintaining crop production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species. The increased crop yields during the last century and especially the Green Revolution, were brought about through breeding for increased harvest index and disease resistance, as well as by using more irrigation water and agrochemicals. Improved cultivars were adopted readily during this period of relative climate stability. While genetic gains continue, albeit at reduced rates, productivity is in decline in many regions. Given the multiple challenges of climate change, reduced water supplies, and declining soil fertility in many regions, new approaches to produce climate resilient crops are desperately needed.

The 2nd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity into the future.

Topics

  • Increased agricultural uncertainty
  • Modelling and its application
  • Abiotic stress
  • Effects of CO2 on plant growth
  • Impacts on nutrition, quality and resource use efficiency
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Innovative agronomic and breeding practices
  • New crops for a new climate
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