Meeting at the ERSEC International Conference 2008 (8-10 October, Beijing)

Effect of plant growth promoting bacteria on Chinese crops

Sunset in Beijing Annual meeting in frame of the Chinese German collaborative project Biocontrol and plant growth promotion. The meeting will be held as an annex meeting to the ERSEC (Ecological Research for Sustaining the Environment in China) International Conference 2008 "Sustainable Land Use and Water Management" organized by the UNESCO Office Beijing on 8-10th of October 2008 in Beijing, China. "Contribution of bacterial biofertilizers for a sustainable Chinese agriculture" will be one of the conference topics to be discussed. Additionally, a key lecture with the same title will be held by Prof. Borriss from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Institut für Biologie, Bakteriengenetik. The latter is leading german institution of the project "A step directed to sustainable agriculture by use of bacterial formulations which support plant growth and suppress plant diseases caused by phytopathogenic microorganisms."

Genomics of the plant growth promoting bacterium FZB42 - towards a novel generation of biofertilizers" (Contribution to ERSEC IC 2008)

Subject and main goal

The meeting will gather scientists, decision makers and experts of industry interested in further improvement of a productive and sustainable Chinese agriculture by applying biological fertilizers (plant growth bacteria) and biocontrol agents (bacteria suppressing harmful plant pathogens). At the moment more than 50 different bacterial bioformulations supposed to improve plant growth and health are on the market, however in practice their action does not fulfil the high expectations which is partially due to insufficient product quality and knowledge about their action spectra. In spite of recent challenges for an improved and sustainable agriculture further development of high standard bioagents is a pressing need for the 21.th century.

Scientific board and program committee:

Prof. Dr. Qi Wang, College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University
Prof. Dr. Yueqiu He, Plant Protection College, Yunnan Agricultural University
Prof. Dr. Xuewen Gao, College of Plant protection, Nanjing Agricultural University
Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss, Institute of Biology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Organization committee:

Prof. Dr. Qi Wang, College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University
Prof. Dr. Yueqiu He, Plant Protection College, Yunnan Agricultural University
Prof. Dr. Xuewen Gao, College of Plant protection, Nanjing Agricultural University

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