Training 3

Symposium and Training Course III:

Impact of Climate Change on Crop Production
September 7–11 2009

Climate variability has a fundamental influence on agro-ecosystems

For a substantial part of Europe, climate change scenarios forecast significant decreases of up to 20% in plant productivity, coupled with a general decline in
the stability of agricultural ecosystems. This is particularly true of the Carpathian Basin. Agriculture and food safety are extremely sensitive to climate changes, so adaptability to stress is likely to gain priority over the quantitative aspects of yield. This will demand new approaches both to plant breeding and crop production, and in research strategy. The Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ARI HAS) is one of the leading centres for crop research and breeding in Central and Eastern Europe, in the Central Transdanubian convergence region, with a profile involving complex, interdependent, basic, methodological and applied research projects culminating in practical applications. The institute maintains close contacts with farmers and processors. Based on its international recognition and accumulated knowledge, the institute aims to develop into a regional Research Training and Service Centre to train and develop researchers, breeders and producers capable of offering practical help to farmers in Central and Eastern Europe in countering the unfavourable effects of predicted climate change. An increase in research potential is envisaged through strategic partnerships based on existing international contacts, whereby young scientists could gain valuable know-how and experience abroad, while experienced colleagues would be invited to work at ARI HAS. The results achieved in the course of the project will not only be published in the form of scientific papers, but will also form the basis of talks and pamphlets
aimed at farmers and food consumers in general, in order to make them aware of the likely effects of climate change and of how these can be mitigated in the interests of achieving secure food supplies.

Invited speakers:

ANGÉLA ANDA Modeling the local consequences of global warming for Keszthely. A case study in maize
ZSUZSA BASKY Climate change and insects
ZOLTÁN BERZSENYI Long-term field trials in Martonvásár
MÁRTA BIRKÁS Pannonian/Central European region in a crucial need for mitigating climate threats
PÉTER CSATHÓ Critical evaluation of the first 15 years of the Nitrate Directive: results, failures and urgent tasks, in respect of climate change
NÁNDOR FODOR What is a virtual plant good for?
ZOLTÁN GYŐRI Quality control – analytical methods
MÁRTON JOLÁNKAI Climate change and crop product
GABRIELLA KAZINCZI The role of global warming in the change of weed flora in Hungary
TAMÁS KISMÁNYOKI The impact of climate change on long term field trials in Keszthely
LÁSZLÓ KOCSIS The impact of climate change in grape and ornamental production
JOIN I. LIZASO Evaluating and improving crop simulation models to assess the impact of climate change
JÁNOS NAGY Evaluation of the effects of crop production factors in relation to weather factors in the polyfactorial long-term experiment established in Debrecen
TAMÁS NÉMETH The role of precision agriculture in safe and environmental friendly production systems
PÉTER PEPÓ Long-term wheat field trials in Debrecen
GYULA PINKE The origin, habitat and conservation of our arable weeds
GYÖRGY VÁRALLYAY The impact of climate change on soils and on their water management
HANS WEIGEL High CO2 and drought stress

Climate change: challenge for training of applied plant scientists

Symposium and Training course III

Impact of Climate Change on Crop Production


Venue: Agricultural Research Institute H-2462
Martonvásár, Brunszvik u 2. Hungary
Phone: 36 22 569 500
Fax : 36 22 460 213
Web: www.agrisafe.eu, www.mgki.hu
Date: September 7-11, 2009

Programme


Monday, September 7



9.00 am Registration in Phytotron building


9.30 am Welcome: Otto Veisz, DSc, Deputy Director, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, programme head, Martonvásár
The Agrisafe project


9.45 am Professor Tamás Németh, academician, General Secretary of HAS,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
The role of precision agriculture in safe and environmental friendly production systems


10.30 am Prof. Dr. György Várallyay, academician, RISSAC Research Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the HAS, Budapest
The impact of climate change on soils and on their water management

11.15 am Coffee break

11.30 am Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Weigel, Institute Director, Institute of Biodiversity, Johann Heinrich von Thunen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Braunschweig, Germany
Elevated CO2 effects on crops

12.15 am Professor Dr. Márton Jolánkai, Institute Director, Szent István University Gödöllő
Climate change and crop product


13.00 pm Lunch


14.00 pm Dr. Sándor Szalai, international consultant of a possible FAO project on climate change adaptation, FAO Office, Budapest
Mapping of and policy orientation for the mitigation of climate change impacts on agriculture and rural development in selected countries of the CEE and CA regions


14.45 pm Prof. Dr. Márta Birkás, DSc, head of department, Szent István University, Dept. of Soil Management, Institute of Crop Production Science, Gödöllő
Pannonian/Central European region in a crucial need for mitigating climate threats

15.30 pm Coffee break


16.00 pm Visit of the Beethoven Museum


18.00 pm Dinner


Tuesday, September 8



Field trip to the Center of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering,
Debrecen University

6.30 am Departure from the Phytotron building by bus

10.00 am Prof. Dr. János Nagy, President, Center of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering, Debrecen University
Evaluation of the effects of crop production factors in relation to weather factors in the polyfactoral long-term experiment established in Debrecen.

10.45 am Prof. Dr. Péter Pepó, Deputy President, Center of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering, Debrecen University
Long term wheat field trials in Debrecen

11.30 am Prof. Dr. Zoltán Győri, Center of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering, Debrecen University
Quality control – analytical methods


12.30 pm Lunch


13.30 pm Visit to Hortobágy National Park


16.00 pm Coffee break


16.30 pm Departure to Martonvásár


20.00 pm Dinner



Wednesday, September 9



9.00 am Prof. Dr. Péter Csathó, Department of Agrochemistry, Research Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the HAS, Budapest
Critical evaluation of the first 15 years of the Nitrate Directive: results, failures and urgent tasks, in respect of climate change

9.45 am Dr. Gyula Pinke, PhD, University of West Hungary, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, Institute of Biology and Environmental Science, Department of Botany,Mosonmagyaróvár
The origin, habitat and conservation of our arable weeds

10.30 am Coffee break

10.45 am Prof. Dr. Gabriella Kazinczi, Head of Department, Faculty of Animal Science, Department of Botany and Plant Production, Kaposvár University
The role of global warming in the change of weed flora in Hungary

11.30 am Dr. Jon I. Lizaso, Dpto. Producción Vegetal. Fitotecnia ETS Ingenieros Agrónomos, Madrid
Evaluating and improving crop simulation models to assess the impact of climate change

12.30 pm Lunch

13.30 pm Prof. Dr. Basky Zsuzsa, Research adviser, Plant Protection Institute, Budapest
Climate change and insects

14.15 pm
Dr. Noémi Harnos, PhD, Biometrics Team, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvásár
crop weather modelling

14.45 pm Coffee break

15.00 pm Film presentation: Al Gore: An inconvenient truth (DVD)

16.30 pm Botanical tour in the Park

18.00 pm Dinner




Thursday, September 10


Field trip to the
Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture,
Pannon University,
Keszthely


7.00 am Departure from the Phytotron building by bus


10.00 am Prof. Dr. Tamás Kismányoky, Head of the Department of Crop Production and Soil Science, Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture, Pannon University
The impact of climate change on long term field trials in Keszthely

10.45 am Prof. Dr. Angéla Anda, Head of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture, Pannon University
Modelling the local consequences of global warming for Keszthely. A case study in maize.

11.45 am Prof. Dr. László Kocsis, Department of Horticulture, Deputy Dean, Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture, Pannon University
The impact of climate change in grape and ornamental production

13.00 am Lunch

14.00 pm Visit of the Festetics Museum and walk on the shore of lake Balaton

16.30 pm Coffee break

17.00 pm Departure to Martonvásár

19.30 pm
Dinner





Friday, September 11




9.00 am Prof. Dr. Zoltán Berzsenyi, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvásár
Long-term field trials in Martonvásár


9.45 am
Dr. Nándor Fodor, PhD, Department of Agrochemistry, RISSAC Research Institute For Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the HAS, Budapest
What is a virtual plant good for?


10.30 am Coffee break


11.00 am Field experiments review, measurement practice in the field


12.00 am
Lunch


13.00 pm
Departure



To apply, send the completed application form to www.agrisafe.eu and/or www.mgki.hu, attention Anikó Gémes Juhász


Twenty young scientists (age limit 35) will be accepted for participation. Accepted participants will be provided with full board and accommodation along with partial travel support.
Application deadline: July 31 2009
Accepted applicants will be informed by email by August 6 2009

The following symposiums and training courses are planned under the Agrisafe EU project over the next three-year period:
IV. Challenge for Plant Breeding and the Biotech Response
V. Genetic Resources for Combating Climate Change
VI. Lessons Learned from the Past: a wrap-up conference on the climate change challenge for agriculture
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