Agenda

16-18/09/2013

NUTRIHORT conference

NUTRIHORT: Nutrient management, nutrient legislation and innovative techniques in intensive horticulture
NUTRIHORT will present the current knowledge of sustainable and innovative techniques of vegetable and ornamental plant production. The conference will focus on innovative fertilization, crop residues management, crop rotation, organic matter management and soil quality practices in horticulture.

Background

Production of vegetables and ornamental plants in the open field or greenhouses is challenging because of the need to balance high productivity and sometimes late harvests with lowering nutrient losses to the environment. The nutrient enrichment of soil and water disrupts the natural processes in agro-ecosystems and leads to decreased biodiversity. High concentrations of nitrate or phosphate can cause eutrophication of the surface and coastal water. Leaching of nitrate or phosphate to the groundwater can pose a problem for drinking-water production. Growers urgently need to find and implement more sustainable strategies for the intensive production of vegetables, potatoes, flowers and ornamental trees.

Aims

NUTRIHORT will present the current knowledge of sustainable and innovative techniques of vegetable and ornamental plant production. The conference will focus on innovative fertilization, crop residues management, crop rotation, organic matter management and soil quality practices in horticulture. Throughout, the focus will be on the conflict between crop quality expectations and legislative requirements to protect water quality. In addition to oral and poster presentations on these topics, dedicated sessions will take place in working groups on 1) technical and economic benchmarking of sustainable and innovative cultivation and fertilization techniques in horticulture and 2) on the implementation of environmental EU-directives in different horticultural regions and opportunities for innovative nutrient legislation aimed toward controlling pollution and improving water quality. A conference report about the applicability of innovative cultivation and fertilization techniques for vegetable and ornamental plant production will be published, including policy recommendations on nutrient legislation to protect natural resources (in particular improving the quality of water) from horticulture.

Practical info

Location: Gent
Contact: Bart Vandecasteele en Johan Van Waes
URL: www.ilvo.vlaanderen.be/nutrihort