An ever-increasing world-population, changing dietary habits and climate change currently impose great demands on agricultural research, and will continue to do so in the future.
All over the world, a more efficient use of cropland and of pastures, of water and of nutrients in agriculture has taken on primary importance.
Against the backdrop of changing framework conditions, optimisation of plant nutrition in order to raise plant production efficiency will be a primary field of research in the future – and an issue the IAPN is prepared to investigate.
The work to be done by the IAPN will focus on finding solutions for the following research topics:
- Adaptation of agricultural production processes to meet the changing climate conditions.
- Improving efficient use of resources by optimising nutrient supply.
- Development of plant production concepts for less developed regions.
The objective: Intelligent fertilization management
The objective is the development of site-specific, intelligent fertilization management systems, with special attention given to the nutrients potassium, magnesium and sulphur.
This necessitates analysis of the influence of fertilization on the following parameters:
- The quality of plant products
- Water use efficiency of the soil/plant system
- Stress tolerance of plants
- Disease tolerance of plants
- Human health
Beyond that, attention is given to raising nutrient use efficiency and new processes in order to improve fertilization recommendations.