Climate change : challenges, risks and impacts on cropping systems
April 3, 2009 Gembloux Agricultural University
Climate change is of general concern and is largely recognized as resulting from negative impact on the environment of human activities. The climate change – cropping-system relationship has a 2-way direction : climate change can impact crop production efficiency while agricultural practices can contribute to climate change by altering the environment.
The Benelux Society for Horticultural Science (BNL-SHS) together with Gembloux Agricultural University will convene a symposium of one day on this matter on April 3, 2009, at the Plant biology bldg, avenue Maréchal Juin, B- 5030 Gembloux, Belgium.
- 9.00 – 9.30 Registration
- 9.30 – 9.45 Introduction : Monique Bodson (FUSAGx) and Welcome address : Rob Bogers, BNL-SHS chairman
- 9.45 – 10.30 Luc Debontridder (KMI/IRM, Brussels): Climate change myth or reality?
- 10.30 – 11.15 Paul Struik and H. Meinke (WUR,Wageningen): Climate robust crop science : modelling climate change impacts across scales
- 11.15 – 11.30 coffee break
- 11.30 – 12.15 Marc Aubinet, B.Bodson, C. Moureaux, D. Dufranne, F. Vancutsem (FUSAGx, Gembloux): Carbon balance of a pluriannual cropping system (4-year rotation) : impact of climate and cropping management
- 12.15 – 12.45 Martine Maes (ILVO, Merelbeke): New and increased disease incidence in horticulture and green environment
- 12.45 – 14.00 Lunch break
- 14.00 – 14. 45 Michel De Proft (CRA, Gembloux) : Climate change impact on crop pests
- 14.45 – 15.15 Laurent Pfister and Jean-François Hausman (Gabriel Lipmann Institute, Luxembourg): Climate change, an imminent threat for trees
- 15.15 – 15.45 Marie-France Destain and A. Piron (FUSAGx, Gembloux): Detecting weeds by artificial vision in carrot crops: towards optimization of herbicide/pesticide use
- 15.45 – 16.15 Kathy Steppe, Dirk J.W. De Pauw, Raoul Lemeur (Gent University): Models as effective tools for optimizing irrigation
- 16.15 – 16.30 General discussion
- A. Kunz and Michael M. Blanke (University of Bonn, Germany): Discrepancies in the data analysis and interpretation of climate change
- 16.30 Drink