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Management of useful microorganisms in tropical soils

Evening Workshop at IPPC 2015 - 25.08.2015 - 19:00-22:00

The workshop is part of the IPPC 2015 in Berlin and reserved for registered delegates only

Management practices that improve soil health and increase productivity and profitability are important measures of Integrated Plant Protection Strategies.
Managing for soil health (improved soil function) is mostly a matter of maintaining suitable habitat for great number of meso- and micro-organisms that comprise the soil food web. This can be accomplished by disturbing the soil as little as possible, growing as many different species of plants as practical, keeping living plants in the soil as often as possible, and keeping the soil covered all the time.
In order to achieve a high level of diversity, different plants must be grown. The key to improving soil health is ensuring that food and energy chains and webs consist of several types of plants or animals, not just one or two.

Biodiversity is ultimately the key to the success of any agricultural system. Lack of biodiversity severely limits the potential of any cropping system and increases disease and pest problems. A diverse and fully functioning soil food web provides for nutrient, energy, and water cycling that allows a soil to express its full potential. Increasing the diversity of a crop rotation and cover crops increases soil health and soil function, reduces input costs, and increases profitability.

On that background the workshop will highlight the experiences made especially in tropical soils. The efficacy of different management procedures - including  method selection, inoculum production and inoculation techniques as well - will be discussed and the future demands for practice outlined.