Background and rationale
Fertilizer applying to promote yield and quality of food production is imperative to cope with increasing world population. However, the amount of many essential nutrients required by crops could vary greatly according to soils, climate, growing seasons, crop varieties, cultural practices, and so forth. Due to lack understanding of soil fertility and nutrient status of plant, overuse of fertilizer not only causes harvest unexpected less, but render salt burden to environments.
Soil test and plant analysis is an efficient and direct tool to determine soil fertility and nutrient status of crop. In view of best understanding the information of soil/plant to enhance crop production, laboratories for soil/plant testing are recently established or installed in several countries. However, the performance of laboratory involved with analysis methods, QA/QC, and data interpretation are all very critical to the success of nutrient diagnosis and fertilizer recommendation to farmers.
More and more laboratories are actively participating in the program of inter-laboratory comparison (or proficiency test) in order to get certification or accreditation for analytic quality of laboratories. In light of maintaining and improving the quality of soil/plant testing laboratories in Asia-pacific region, a proficiency testing program (PT program) of soil and plant tissue analysis will also be conducted before this workshop.
With the advancement of information technology, by combination with GIS and ICT technologies, soil/plant testing data not only can be applied in soil fertility diagnosis, but also to site-specific nutrient management, soil qualities change monitoring, land use planning, and so on. Through exchanging experience of soil/plant testing and inter-laboratory comparison of soil/plant testing results, the reliability of testing data can be ensured and the quality of soil/plant testing laboratories can be improved. It is expected to further ensure yield/quality of food production and environmental sustainability.
Sep 11 (Tue): Arrival of overseas participants
Sep 12 (Wed): Opening Ceremony, Keynote Session, Session I, and Session II
Sep 13 (Thu): Session II to Session V, Closing Ceremony
Sep 14 (Fri): Field Trip (Invited Only)
Sep 15 (Sat): Departure of overseas participants
International conference hall, Biotechnology Division, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute
1F, No. 225, Fengzheng Rd., Wufeng Dist., Taichung City 413, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
History, Ongoing Development, and Adoption of Nutrient Application Guidelines: Wisconsin USA as a Case Study | Paper:
-Prof. Dr. Carrie Laboski
Correlation between Nutrient Concentrations Determined by Commonly Used Soil Testing Methods | Paper: PPT:
-Dr. Yu-Wen Lin