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The 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture for Subtropical Regions (ISSASR-4)(Second Announcement)

  Background

  The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #2 seeks to deliver Zero Hunger by 2030. However, since 2015, hunger and global food insecurity have actually increased at an alarming rate (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger/). Globally, subtropical regions support over 30% of the world’s population, primarily in developing countries where farm land and food supply per capita comprise only 40% of those in developed countries. Meeting the SDG Goal of achieving zero hunger in the face of on-going population growth in subtropical regions will require a significant increase in agricultural production whilst minimizing soil degradation and the adverse ecological impacts of farming. Such challenges are shared by many countries across tropical and subtropical regions in South Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

  Rice cultivation, dietary husbandry, and freshwater aquaculture are the primary agricultural production patterns worldwide in subtropical and tropical regions. China has a clearly demonstrated track record in promoting and ensuring agricultural productivity, but this has often resulted in negative ecological and environmental impacts, including soil degradation and environmental pollution. China’s response was to initiate in 2000, its “green and high-quality strategy for agricultural development”. Implementation of this strategy has resulted in major research and innovation programs focused on ‘Green Agriculture’ designed to promote and advance agricultural productivity and farm incomes in ways that protect and restore agricultural and natural ecosystems in subtropical regions.

  The 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture for Subtropical Regions (ISSASR-4) is being held to encourage scientific exchange on the over-arching theme of ‘Ecosystem Management and Agriculture Green Development in Subtropical Regions’. The scientific program will cover strategically important areas including (i) regional resources and ecosystems management for enhancing agricultural productivity, (ii) green crop and animal production and (iii) minimizing the adverse environmental impacts of agricultural production such as pollution and GHG emissions. The developing role of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Farming in agriculture has been identified as a specific topic for the symposium.

  The ISSASR-4 agenda and list of speakers will focus on the unique attributes of subtropical agriculture. The symposium will also bring together key researchers worldwide to share their knowledge and expertise on how the lessons learned in temperate regions could sustain agricultural development in the tropics.  

  1.Theme and Topics 

  Theme: Ecosystem Management and Agriculture Green Development

  Topic 1.  Active Management of Resources, Ecosystems and Agricultural Production

  Session 1.1  Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus (WEFEN)

  Keynotes and voluntary papers for regional issues and progresses in the WEFEN framework for improving water and energy efficiency and enhancing food security and ecological benefits.

  Conveners

  Prof. Xianli Xu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Prof. Yue Qin, Peking University, China

  Prof. Arash Malekian, University of Tehran, Iran

  Session 1.2 Ecological Processes in the Earth’s Critical Zone (ECZ)

  Keynote and voluntary papers for issues and progresses in the key processes and interactions in ECZ for optimizing the management of ecosystem, environment and agriculture.

  Conveners

  Prof. Yunpeng Nie, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Prof. Susanne Schwinning, Texas State University

  Prof. Hongsong Chen, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Session 1.3 Exploitation in Hybrid Ecological Agriculture in Wetland Areas

  Keynote and voluntary papers for issues and progresses in the development of the hybrid aquaculture and rice cultivation systems as high income and environmental safe agricultural trails in the wetland areas of subtropical and tropical regions.

  Conveners

  Prof. Feng Li, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Dr. Ryan Barring, Flinders University  

  Session 1.4  Degraded Agroecosystem Restoration and Carbon Neutrality

  Keynote and voluntary papers for issues and new insights in the restoration process of degraded agroecosystems at different scales in the context of carbon neutrality, land use management, and climate change mitigation.

  Conveners

  Prof. Wei Zhang, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Prof. Diego Abalos, Aarhus University

  Prof. Jie Zhao, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Topic 2.  Environmental Regulation and Green Production

  Session 2.1 Regional Soil and Crop Resource for Green Agricultural Production

  Keynote and voluntary papers on soil resources, improvement and optimized management for sustainable use, the deep genetic mining of subtropical plant and micro-biome resources, and the innovation in green crop cultivation.

  Conveners

  Prof. Xiaobin Guo, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Prof. Weiguo Cheng, Faculty of Agriculture, Yamagata University, Japan

  Prof. Tida Ge, Ningbo University, China

  Session 2.2 Soil microbiome and environmental health

  Keynote and voluntary papers on soil microbiome assembly and bio-functions in regulating nutrient cycling, stabilizing and manipulating soil quality and environmental health, and interactions with crop productivity. 

  Conveners

  Prof. Jakob Pernthaler, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  Prof. Tillmann Lueders, University of Bayreuth, Germany

  Prof. Baoli Zhu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Session 2.3 Elements cycling in agricultural ecosystems and pollution control

  Keynote and voluntary papers on the biochemical cycling of the key elements and the remediation of non-point source pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and heavy metal pollution in soil-crop-environment systems.

  Conveners

  Prof. Nanthi Bolan, School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia

  Prof. Jianlin Shen, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Qihong Zhu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Topic 3. Green Animal Husbandry and the Completion with Crop production

  Session 3.1 Physiological metabolism and health of livestock and poultry

  Keynotes and voluntary papers for the metabolism and physiological functions of nutrients, feed, and gut microbiome, and the nutritional regulation for promoting animal health and product quality.

  Conveners

  Prof. Fengna Li, Insititute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Shihuan Kuang, Purdue University, United States

  Prof. Jiangwei Wu, Northwest A&F University, China

  Session 3.2Precision nutrition and intelligent husbandry

  Keynotes and voluntary papers for the evaluation of feedstuff nutrition and animal nutrition requirements, precise feed formulation, intelligent feeding management, and other aspects.

  Conveners

  Prof. Xiangfeng Kong, Insititute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Junjun Wang, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, China

  Prof. Tedeschi, Luís Orlindo, Texas A&M University, United States

  Session 3.3 Farming Waste Resource Utilization and Agropastoral Models

  Keynotes and voluntary papers for issues and progresses in advanced technologies and models for the resource utilization of farming wastes, including bio-transformations and composting, the production of bio-energy and animal feeding, and other utilization schemes.

  Conveners

  Prof. Dejun Li, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Dongyang Liu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

  Prof. Clayton Butterly, The University of Melbourne, Australia

  Session 3.4 Precise Farming and GHGs mitigation in Ruminants

  Keynote and voluntary papers for the precise farming, greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions and ‘carbon neutrality’ in ruminants, the mitigation strategies in precise diet formulations and feed managements, rumen manipulation, and animal breeding.

  Conveners

  Prof. Zhongtang Yu, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University,USA

  Prof. Emilio M. Ungerfeld, Carillanca Regional Research Center, Institute of Agricultural Research, Chile

  Prof. Min Wang, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Topic 4. Big Data Resources and Smart Agriculture Development

  Session 4.1 Intelligent Computing for Agricultural Remote Sensing

  Keynotes and voluntary papers for issues and progresses in the use of big data resources and artificial intelligent technologies for the information monitoring of crop and animal production systems, the systemic planning, design, and processes controlling and management.

  Conveners

  Prof. Jiancheng Luo, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Wei Zhao, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  Prof. Qian Shi, School of geography and planning, Sun Yat-sen University, China  

  The Academic Committee 

  Guirui Yu, academician, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, China (Chair)

  Jiankang Zhu, Academician, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

  Qi Feng, Academician, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS, China

  Yulong Yin, Academician, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS, China

  A.G. O’Donnell, Murdoch University, Australia

  András Táncsics, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary

  Anil Kumar Anal, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

  Arash Malekian, University of Tehran, Iran

  Chuan He, The University of Chicago, USA

  Francisco Javier Alcalá, Estación Experimental de Zonas áridas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

  Heriberto Vargas Rodríguez, Agrarian University of Havana, Cuba

  Jianguang Qin, Flindas University, Australia

  Jinshui Wu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS, China

  Joann K. Whalen, McGill University, Canada

  Lifeng Li, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations

  Lukasz Chrzanowski, Poznan University of Technology, Poland

  Martin Nyachoti, University of Manitoba, Canada

  Shihuan Kuang, Purdue University, USA

  Susanne Schwinning, Texas State University, USA

  Sung Woo Kim, North Carolina State University, USA

  Zhihong Xu, Griffith University, Australia

  Weiguo Cheng, Faculty of Agriculture, Yamagata University, Japan  

  Organization

  Lead Organization 

  Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China  

  Partner Organizations 

  Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS

  ISA-CAS and UWA Joint Laboratory for Soil Systems Biology

  Ecological Society of Hunan Province

  Agricultural Society of Hunan Province  

  Organizing Committee 

  Chairs

  Professor Jinshui Wu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Professor A.G. O’Donnell, Murdoch University and University of Western Australia

  Executive Chair

  Professor Zhiliang Tan, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China

  Secretary-General

  Professor Hongsong Chen, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China  

  Sponsors  

  To be confirmed  

  Venue  

  Changsha Sanjing Whiersly Hotel  

  Important Dates 

  Mar 31, 2024 Deadline for Early-Bird Registration

  April 30, 2024 Deadline for Abstract Submission

  Jun 21, 2024 Arrival and Registration

  Jun 22-23, 2024 Opening Ceremony, Scientific Sessions, Poster Presentation and Closing Ceremony, workshops

  Jun 24, 2024 Field trip  

  Abstract Submission 

  Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should list the title, the name of author(s) and affiliation. They should be typed with double spacing on A4 size paper using Times New Roman 12 font.

  Abstracts should be submitted electronically to issasr4@isa.ac.cn. The deadline for receipt is April 30, 2024.  

  Registration and fees 

  Early bird registration:Before March 31, 2024 

  Student: RMB 1500 Yuan / person (domestic)  $200 / person (abroad) 

  General: RMB 1800 yuan / person (domestic)  $270 / person (abroad) 

  Normal registration: April 1-June 21, 2024 

  Student: RMB 1800 Yuan / person (domestic)  $270 / person (abroad) 

  General: RMB 2000 yuan / person (domestic)  $300 / person (abroad) 

  Note: The registration fee should be paid as follows: 

  Account Information 

Beneficiary’s Name 

Institute Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences  

Beneficiary’s Bank Address 

No. 391 Yuanda 1st Road, Furong District, Changsha City 

Account No. 

1901 0073 0920 0011 221 

Beneficiary’s Bank Name  

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Changsha Mawangdui Branch 

  Contact us

  Please contact the Secretariat for the registration system, payment, transportation and accommodation, ticketing, cooperation, sponsorship and other matters.

  conference secretariat: Zhengmiao Deng

  Tel: + 86 731 84615206 (office)

  E-mail: issasr4@isa.ac.cn

  For updates and detailed information, please visit the conference website at https://issasr.casconf.cn/.


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