The 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture for Subtropical Regions (ISSASR-4)（Second Announcement）
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China
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
Professor Jinshui Wu, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Professor A.G. O’Donnell, Murdoch University and University of Western Australia
Professor Zhiliang Tan, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Professor Hongsong Chen, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Science, China
To be confirmed
Changsha Sanjing Whiersly Hotel
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Institute Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beneficiary’s Bank Address
No. 391 Yuanda 1st Road, Furong District, Changsha City
1901 0073 0920 0011 221
Beneficiary’s Bank Name
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Changsha Mawangdui Branch
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conference secretariat: Zhengmiao Deng
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