Nature-based solutions and best management practices in agriculture

Nature-based solutions and best management practices in agriculture

Conveners: Conveners: Lúcia Barão, Abdallah Alaoui, Jean-Thomas Cornelis, Matjaž Glavan

Nowadays agriculture faces unprecedented challenges. More efficient food production systems are required to successfully feed the increasing world population. At the same time, existing food systems should also avoid the exhaustion of natural resources and lower their contribution to climate change, while maintaining soil and water quality. Naturally occurring processes in soil and plants are sources of inspiration for new applicable solutions, since they represent highly efficient pathways established during millennia. Their emulation has the potential to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the agricultural sector.
This session aims to discuss the most recent research on natural conditions/ interactions occurring in the plant-soil-atmosphere system in farms with distinct management practices. It welcomes fundamental and applied research in the following topics:
1) Inventory of biogeochemical soil properties/indicators, plant physiological responses and greenhouse gas emissions in multiple agricultural systems and their future potential applications;
2) Study of natural processes occurring at the rhizosphere that enhance plant productivity and/or decrease associated environmental impacts;
3) Technological solutions (products or processes) to improve sustainable production based on a natural occurring process in the soil-plant-atmosphere;
4) New management solutions towards realizing the natural potential of soils and crops;
5) Environmental impact of the nature-based solutions/management on soil, water and climate.