Thank you from the TropAg Scientific Committee Chair, Professor Robert Henry
Climate variability, breaking the yield gap, genetically modified plants, nutritional foods, photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, nanotechnology, natural disasters, increasing incidence of zoonotic diseases, obesity, plant diseases, soil degradation, food poisoning, biodiversity and child malnutrition – these were among many issues raised as challenges to increasing production in tropical agriculture, over three days of presentations and workshops at the inaugural TropAg2015 conference held in Brisbane 16-18 November.
Over 470 delegates attended the conference, well above the target number, and I was delighted to meet people from around the world who participated in discussions on key issues facing sub-tropical and tropical production systems, and the agriculture innovations that will help us close the yield gap and feed the world’s growing population.
Your participation made this a very successful event and I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane again for TropAg 2017.
The goal of the conference was to bring together many of the leading scientific voices and facilitate cross-border collaboration, new project development and technology transfer – to focus on the delivery of a diverse range of tropical and subtropical agricultural scientific advances for the food, plant and animal industries.
The conference was designed to focus on research advances within the agriculture industries located in the subtropics and tropics including livestock (beef, dairy, pork, poultry) grain and pulse crops, sugarcane and horticultural crops. The research presented covered a diverse range of aspects that are both pre-farm gate and post-farm gate but had a clear focus on agricultural products most of which are used for food.