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Agronomy and Physiology

Section Chairperson:

Dr. ir. Jean-Pierre Goffart
Research Unit Coordinator
Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W)
Productions and sectors Department – Crops Production Systems Unit
Bâtiment Arthur Petermann, 4 Rue du Bordia, 5030 Gembloux – Belgium

Tel : (+32)81 62 50 04  –  goffart@cra.wallonie.be

The Agronomy and Physiology sections acted as separate sections for a long time until the 17th Triennial Meeting in Brasov, Romania in 2008. In the joint meeting of both sections in Brasov, the merger of both sections was decided by vote of members after a fruitful discussion. Since then, the section will serve as the Agronomy and Physiology Section of the EAPR.

Forthcoming meetings:

The 3rd meeting of the Agronomy and Physiology Section of the European Association of Potato Research (EAPR) will take place in Riga, Latvia from September 26-29, 2016. Further details will be announced at the official meeting website http://www.eapr2016agrphys.eu
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Riga! On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Ilze Dimante and Ilze Skrabule (Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics, Latvia)

Recent meetings:

2013: Second section meeting: Symposium Potato AgroPhysiology 2013, Prague, Czech Republic: From 15th to 19th September 2013 the Symposium of Agronomy and Physiology Section of European Association for Potato Research was held in Prague with the title “Potato Agro Physiology 2013”. The Symposium took place under the support of the project “Support of the transfer of innovation in the agriculture, food industry and the bio energies into practice“ (OP EC). The Symposium was organized by Potato Research Institute Havlíčkův Brod and the following Organizing Committee:

  • Mehmet Emin Calışkan (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Nigde University, Turkey)
  • Anton Haverkort  (Plant Research International, Netherlands)
  • Jean-Pierre Goffart  (Centre wallon de Recherches Agronomiques, Belgium)
  • Norbert U. Haase  (Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food,  Germany)
  • Jaroslav Čepl  (Potato Research Institute, Czech Republic)

Fifty-three scientists from 19 European, South American, North American and Asian countries participated in the Symposium. The Symposium was opened by Head Manager of the Agricultural Commodity Section from the Ministry of Agriculture Ing. Jílek, Parliament member Ing. Fischerová and by the President of Central Potato Union Ing. Chlan. A special programme was initiated involving 28 oral presentations divided into thematic blocks: potato physiology, growing technology I (water and nutrition), growing technology II (quality and organic farming). Each oral presentation was followed by large discussion. In addition, 11 posters were presented. A book of Symposium proceedings was issued, and conference materials (bag, notepad, print programme, pen, name labels) were made for Symposium participants.

Within the special excursion on 18th September the Symposium participants visited the company Intersnack Choustník, which produces potato chips and other potato products in the volume of 40 thousand tonnes of potatoes, the company Senagro Senožaty, which grows potatoes on the area of 250 ha, has a package line and delivers ware potatoes to Tesco. At the end of the excursion the participants visited Potato Research Institute Havlíčkův Brod, where practical post-harvest tests of potato health state were demonstrated.

Jaroslav Čepl, Výzkumný ústav bramborářský Havlíčkův Brod, s.r.o.,
Potato Research Institute, Havlickuv Brod, Ltd., Czech Republic

18th Triennial Conference in Oulu, Finland, 2011

The 1st Triennial Meeting of Agronomy & Physiology Section (AgroPhysiology-2010) was held in Turkey on 20-24 September 2010.

For forthcoming meetings please check out the meetings page