Lee Kalcsits, Washington state University, USA
Associate professor of tree fruit physiology, he serves as the Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Environmental Physiology and Management. His research program works towards understanding the interactions between environment, horticultural management and genetics of tree fruit. He has published in the areas of plant nutrition, abiotic stress, rootstock physiology, and climate change.
Patrice Cannavo, Institut Agro – Agrocampus Ouest, France
Professor of soil science, he conducts his research activities in the Physical Environment of Horticultural Plant laboratory and is particularly interested in the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen in horticultural growing media and urban soils.

Muhammad Akbar Anjum, Pakistan ; Francisco Albornoz, Chili ; Beatrix Alsanius, Sweden ; Ersin Atay, Turkey ; Arnon Dag, Israel ; Anac Dilek, Turkey ; Esmaeil Fallahi, USA ; Ricardo Fernández Escobar, Spain ; Claire Grosbellet, France ; François Lecompte, France ; Elmi Lotze, South Africa ; Denise Nielsen, Canada ; Massimo Tagliavini, Italy ; Marcela Toledo, Argentina; Marie-Christine Van Labeke, Belgium ; Peter von Fragstein und Niemsdorff, Germany


This symposium will present different strategies to improve plant nutrition, fertilization, and soil management in horticultural cropping systems. Specifically, physiological and genetic mechanisms of plant nutrition, root absorption and nutrient use efficiency will be addressed. The characterization of agronomic soil quality and the description of innovative cropping strategies with lower environmental impacts are also welcome. Innovative nutrient management approaches in the soil-plant system including new cropping systems, biofertilizers and bioactive compounds, microbiota as well as new sensors and data-based technologies will be emphasized.

The following topics will be developed during the symposium:

• Physiology and genetic of plant nutrition
• Root absorption, rootstock and root architecture
• Diagnosis of plant nutrient status and fruit quality
• Sustainable approaches to nutrient management (including soil management, intercropping and biofertilizers, bioactive compounds)
• Role of plant-microbe interactions in mineral nutrition
• Nutrient use efficiency
• Organic fertilization and amendments impacts on soil agronomic quality
• Soil ecology
• Soil organic matter-contaminant interactions and possible groundwater pollution
• Mineral supply technology
• Plant mineral nutrition and impact on human nutrition status
• Interactions between water management, biotic and abiotic stresses and nutrition
• Sensors, data driven, models and tools for decision-making
• Economic, social and environmental impact of improved plant nutrition