Sabine Ravnskov

Discussion paper: Sustainable increase of crop production through improved technical strategies, breeding and adapted management - a European perspective

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  • Peter Schröder, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Comparative Microbiome Analysis, Germany
  • Andres Sauvêtre, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Comparative Microbiome Analysis, Germany
  • Friederike Gnädinger, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Comparative Microbiome Analysis, Germany
  • Paolo Pesaresi, University of Milan, Department of Biosciences, Italy
  • Lucie Chmelikova, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Nedim Dogan, Adnan Menderes University, Department of Plant Protection, Turkey
  • Georg Gerl, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Research Unit Environmental Simulation, Germany
  • Ayhan Gökce, Nigde Ömer Halisdemir University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Turkey
  • Chantal Hamel, Quebec Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
  • Rocio Millan, CIEMAT, Spain
  • Tomas Persson, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
  • Sabine Ravnskov
  • Beata Rutkowska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Thomas Schmid, CIEMAT, Spain
  • Wieslaw Szulc, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Carmen Teodosiu, Department of Environmental Engineering & Management, "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • Valeria Terzi, Genomics Research Centre, Italy

During the next decade it will be necessary to develop novel combinations of management strategies to sustainably increase crop production and soil resilience. Improving agricultural productivity, while conserving and enhancing biotic and abiotic resources, is an essential requirement to increase global food production on a sustainable basis. The role of farmers in increasing agricultural productivity growth sustainably will be crucial. Farmers are at the center of any process of change involving natural resources and for this reason they need to be encouraged and guided, through appropriate incentives and governance practices, to conserve natural ecosystems and their biodiversity, and minimize the negative impact agriculture can have on the environment. Farmers and stakeholders need to revise traditional approaches not as productive as the modern approaches but more friendly with natural and environmental ecosystems values as well as emerging novel tools and approaches addressing precise farming, organic amendments, lowered water consumption, integrated pest control and beneficial plant-microbe interactions. While practical solutions are developing, science based recommendations for crop rotations, breeding and harvest/postharvest strategies leading to environmentally sound and pollinator friendly production and better life in rural areas have to be provided.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume678
Pages (from-to)146-161
Number of pages16
ISSN0048-9697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • smart agriculture, sustainable crop production, weed control, amendments, farm management, PLANT, WASTE-WATER REUSE, ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI, COST-BENEFIT-ANALYSIS, CLIMATE-CHANGE, COMMUNITY COMPOSITION, DROUGHT TOLERANCE, MUNICIPAL SOLID-WASTE, CULTIVAR MIXTURES, ABSCISIC-ACID

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