Agriculture, Biotechnology, Fertilizers and Food Security

Phosphorus is, with nitrogen and potassium, one of the three essential nutrients for plant growth. Phosphorus plays an important role in the storage and transfer of energy in plant cells and it is concentrated in the superficial part of the soil, in a mineral or organic form. These forms of phosphorus are not immediately available to plants but depend also on the chemical and physical properties of soil type, climate, fertilizer management and crop management.

This topic concerns research and innovation related to the use of rock phosphates, phosphate based fertilizers and phosphate industry by-products in agriculture. This topic will concern different subjects related to crop production and food security while protecting the environment. These subjects related to:

-Phosphorus in soil-plant system, mechanisms involved and interaction with soil constituents.

-The effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on phosphorus nutrition of plants and their consequences on yields and quality of agricultural products.

-Biotechnological processes of valorizing phosphorus i.e. solubilization, microbial inoculation, algae, etc.; for high added product, especially biofertilizers and biostimulants.

-Role of microorganisms (mycorrhizal fungi, PGPR, Rhizobia) on phosphorus bioavailability and other nutrient availability as well as their mechanisms of action and processes of bioformulation.

-Phosphate fertilizer management and crop and soil management impact on nutrients efficiency and crop production and quality.

-Development of new tools for estimating soil phosphorus availability and plant nutrient needs