Call for Abstracts

Update: Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.

The TropAg2017 Committee welcomes submissions for poster presentations across six themes of the Conference. All successful submissions will be published in the TropAg2017 Abstract Book. The TropAg2017 publication partner, Frontiers, will publish all TropAg2017 accepted abstracts according to the abstract theme. Frontiers is a community routed open-access publisher, covering more than 450 specialties across academia.

Theme 1: Future Field Crops

An abstract submitted under “Future field crops” would focus on aspects of tropical and subtropical field crop improvement, targeting enhanced productivity and product quality for target markets and consumers. For example, the development and delivery of advanced germplasm; crop adaptation studies that might incorporate advances in crop physiology and modelling; advances in pest and disease management; or advances in agronomic approaches that might cover aspects of crop agronomy, crop nutrition, soil health, weed management, information technologies and decision making.

Keywords: Productivity, Product Quality, Plant Health, Crop Physiology, Crop Modelling, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Systems Science and Modelling, Soil Science, Weed Science, Microbiome, Remote Sensing, Gene Editing, Climate Change

Theme 2: Harnessing Horticultural Crops

An abstract submitted under “Harnessing horticultural crops” would focus on initiatives that deliver improved market acceptability and productivity for tropical and subtropical horticultural crops. Abstracts on breeding programs that advance commercial varieties, the delivery of new genetic solutions or new solutions to progress disease management, or advances in mechanisation and management systems would be appropriate for this theme.

Keywords:  Productivity, Product Quality, Plant Health, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop Physiology, Modelling, Mechanisation, Climate Change, Gene Editing, Remote Sensing, Automation, Microbiome

Theme 3: Advancing Animal Science

An abstract submitted under “Advancing animal science” would focus on the latest research in animal science across all species grown in the tropics and subtropics providing food, fibre or labour. Abstracts covering animal health, welfare, public health, food safety and biosecurity, advances of genetics, breeding and reproduction, nutrition, pasture, rangelands, remote sensing and metabolism would also be appropriate for this theme.

Keywords:  Animal Nutrition, One Health, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Diagnostics, Vaccines, Parasitology, Husbandry, Welfare, Gene Editing, Microbiome, Genomics, Rumen Ecology, Ethics, Climate impacts, Pandemic Potential, Zoonosis, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Poultry, Aquaculture

Theme 4: Nutrition and Food Sciences

An abstract submitted under “Nutrition and food science” would focus on the development of enhanced health outcomes and/or economic benefits that have been or could be achieved through nutrition and food sciences.   For example, the molecular basis for food quality, food processing and preservation, health and nutrition properties, food provenance, and/or sensory and consumer science. Abstracts may also focus on specific aspects of quality and/or nutrition across a range of food types, or specific food types of relevance to the tropics and subtropics.

Keywords:  Food Quality and Human Nutrition, Sensory and Consumer Science, Microbiome, Post-Harvest Losses, Bio-fortification, Meat Science, Food Safety, Value Chains, New Foods (Fungi, Algae and Insects)

Theme 5: Drivers and Consequences of Intensifying Agriculture and Food Systems

An abstract submitted under “Drivers and consequences of intensifying agriculture and food systems” would focus on sustainably intensifying agriculture in tropical and subtropical regions. For example, considering pathways to achieve food/nutrition security and reduced poverty, focusing on farming systems research, sustainable development goals, research for development, and supply chain and market access issues. Abstracts that work towards quantifying impacts and adaptation to climate variability and change, or addressing issues such as input and energy use and life cycle analyses, would also be appropriate to this theme.

Keywords: Sustainable Intensification, Supply Chain, Climate Risks, Environment, Research for Development, Social Aspects of Technology, Policy Interventions, Seed Systems, Technology Adoption, Changing Land Use, Ethical, Social and Gender Issues

Theme 6: AgFutures Queensland

This theme is a platform for presentations that showcase local agriculture and food innovation technologies driving industry development and expansion within the sector.  This theme invites symposia and presentations at the investment-ready or commercialisation stage including the latest agri-tech developments and applications, from digital and data platforms to robotics, satellites, and bio-technologies. The theme also includes emerging investment trends, business opportunities and capital models from the farm gate along the supply chain. Symposia may examine the integration of agri-technologies, innovation and investment across various industries, with a focus on supporting the research and development community and small to medium enterprise in accessing and securing such technologies and necessary investment.

Keywords: AgFutures, Agri-tech, Automation, Bio-technologies, Business opportunities, Commercialisation, Digital and Data Platforms, Digital Disruption, Emerging Trends, Global Investment, Innovation, Processing improvements, Robotics, Satellites, Technology

Instructions for the preparation of your abstract
  • Abstracts must follow the guidelines listed below and be submitted online by 21 August 2017.
  • All accepted abstracts will be included within the TropAg2017 Abstract book.
  • All abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract submission portal.
  • Enquiries regarding abstracts for TropAg2017 should be emailed to
Abstract submission guidelines
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts should be original work.
  • An abstract must be submitted by the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should follow the instructions within the submission portal.
  • Abstracts must be in text format only. Images, graphics and tables cannot be included.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
  • Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar.
  • Authors will be notified of the success of their submission within a few weeks of submission.
  • To ensure your abstract is included in the TropAg2017 Abstract Book, all successful authors will be requested to register for the conference by 21 August 2017. Full Conference and single day registrations will be available via the registration portal.
Dates and deadlines
Call for abstracts closes
21 August 2017
Presenter registration deadline
21 August 2017

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