Elsevier Announces Conference: Agriculture and Climate Change – Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty

Agriculture and Climate Change – Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty, to take place 15-17 February 2015 in the Netherlands

Amsterdam, October 27, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, announces the conference: Agriculture and Climate Change – Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty. It will take place 15-17 February 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This conference will focus on the impact of climate change on future crop production. Sessions throughout the conference will discuss approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity in the face of current and expected climate change.

Cutting-edge science will be presented on topics covering, among others: new crops for a new climate, effects of CO2 on plant growth, resource use efficiency, plant stresses, agricultural sustainability and coping with uncertainty, and novel technologies for rapid crop improvement.

The conference will be chaired by Professor David Edwards from the University of Queensland, Australia and Professor Giles Oldroyd from the John Innes Centre, United Kingdom. Key speakers include Professor Charles Godfray from the University of Oxford, who chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Office of Science's Foresight project on the Future of Food and Farming, and Professor Senthold Asseng from the University of Florida who specializes in impact and adaptation of climate variability and climate change on cropping systems.

"Global climate change will have a huge impact on agriculture. Maintaining food production is the greatest challenge humanity will face in the coming decades," explained Professor Edwards. "Continued failure to increase food production will lead to increased prices and will cause global social unrest and famine."

"With this conference we aim to bring research leaders together to address this pressing issue," said Dr Emma Granqvist, Publisher responsible for Elsevier's plant science journals. "Grand challenges such as these can only be solved by experts in several fields working together."

More information about the conference including the full list of keynote speakers and sessions is available at: http://agricultureandclimatechange.com/

To register for the conference go to: http://www.agricultureandclimatechange.com/conference-register.html

Members of the media are welcome to attend the conference free. Please email: content-AGRI2015@Elsevier.com

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About the supporting journal of the conference: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Elsevier's Current Opinion journals are developed out of the recognition that it is increasingly difficult for specialists to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in their subject. In Current Opinion in Plant Biology, we help the reader by including the views of experts on current advances in plant biology in a clear and readable form; evaluations of the most interesting papers, annotated by experts, from the great wealth of original publications. For more information, go to: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/current-opinion-in-plant-biology/

About Elsevier
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