TropAg2019 Theme Review

The TropAg2019 conference program will be aligned with five key themes. The full TropAg 2019 program will be available in mid 2019.

Field Crops

Sustainable Field Crops

This theme invites symposia that will cover all aspects of tropical and sub-tropical field crop improvement with a focus on productivity, sustainability and product quality for target markets and consumers  This may include topics such as:

  • Development and delivery of advanced germplasm and crop adaptation studies including advances in crop physiology and modelling; and genotype to phenotype modelling
  • Crops and climate adaptation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Crop agronomy, crop nutrition, soil health, weed management
  • New technologies such as gene editing and  information technologies and
  • Decision making tools on crop production  Sustainable intensification of agriculture  – including pathways to achieve food/nutrition security and reduced poverty
  • Farming systems research, sustainable development goals, research for development, and supply chain and market access issues.
  • Quantifying impacts and adaptation to climate variability and change; input and energy use and life cycle analyses.

Horticulture

Horticulture Innovation

This theme invites a series of symposia on initiatives and new technologies to deliver improved market acceptability and productivity for tropical and sub-tropical horticultural crops.  This may include:

  • Breeding programs that advance commercial varieties
  • Delivery of new genetic solutions
  • Climate adaptation
  • Disease management
  • Advances in mechanisation and management systems.

Livestock

Animals and environment

This theme is inclusive of all tropical and sub-tropical animal science, and its interaction with the environment and production systems, including teaching, consultancy and community-based service programs. Symposia which address specific research of one to a multitude of industries, including the meat and livestock, poultry, pork and sheep, would be applicable. Symposia are invited on topics including:

  • Advances in animal science promoting better animal health and welfare, efficient nutrition, genetic improvement, consumer satisfaction, and socially responsible production systems. Suggested topics may include:
  • Pest and disease control through improved detection, monitoring and vaccine technologies
  • Animal welfare and ethics including pain mitigation and animal husbandry practices
  • Objective measurements of stress
  • Genotype by environmental interactions
  • Advances in genetics, breeding and reproduction
  • Innovations on rumen efficiency, rumen microbiome, and maternal nutrition
  • Feedlot nutrition
  • Advances in pasture management
  • Management innovations for sound animal productivity.

Nutrition and Food

From breeding to bread and butter

This theme focuses on the whole food value-chain – from breeding through to our daily bread and butter. This theme encourages symposia that showcase the complete value chain, from breeding, production, processing to final food quality across a range of food types relevant to the tropics and sub-tropics. This can be from local (domestics systems) to global food production.  Symposia topics may focus on:

  • Specific aspects of how plant or animal breeders develop crops or animals respectively, for both production gain but maintaining final quality targets
  • Supplementation and bio-fortification of crops
  • Nutrition and health
  • Food safety
  • Molecular basis for food quality, food processing and preservation
  • Breeding
  • Reducing wastage.

AgFutures

A showcase of innovation and investment in Queensland agriculture

The AgFutures theme, hosted by the Queensland Government, focuses on showcasing agri-technology and investment in in Queensland. Queensland producers have a worldwide reputation for producing high quality, clean and green produce in harsh environments in tropical and sub-tropical climates and the AgFutures theme showcases the state’s latest technology and innovations in digital and data platforms, robotics, satellites and biotechnologies. Theme topics include industry-wide investment required for innovations, emerging trends, business opportunities and capital models from farm gate to agribusiness, agri-tech, processing and research. This theme is recommended for representatives from the agriculture and food sectors, including producers, researchers, policy makers, and agribusiness.