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Main themes and topics


  1. Plant production: horticulture; viticulture and enology; fruit growing; field crops; ornamental, aromatic and medicinal plants; grassland and pasture management; botany and phytosociology; plant physiology; genetics, breeding and biotechnology; seed and propagating material production; nutrient management and fertilization; tillage; mechanisation
  2. Plant protection and food safety: integrated pest (bacteria, fungi, viruses, virus-like agents, nematodes, insects, mites) management; biological control; plant biotic and abiotic disorders; plant tolerance and resistance; weed control; quarantine pests; pesticide residues; plant certification; food technology; food safety; post-harvest handling and technologies.
  3. Organic agriculture: production techniques; agro-ecology and agro-ecosystems management; soil fertility management (cover crops, compost); regulatory framework (standards, legislation, inspection, certification, accreditation and labelling); socio-economic of organic agro-food sector.
  4. Environment protection and natural resources management: soil and water conservation; soil, water and land resources management; sustainable watershed management; biodiversity and agro-ecosystems management; landscape and natural resources management; irrigation and drainage; pedology; agro-meteorology; soil erosion; sediment transport; erosion control works; control works in the torrential drainage basins; land use and climate change; land degradation and desertification; salinity; soil-water-plant-atmosphere continuum; environmental impacts and footprints of food production and consumption; food losses and waste; wastewater treatment systems; multifunctionality; biofuels and renewable energy; application of computer graphic methods; automation solutions; the sustainable use and modeling; policies related to environment protection and natural resources management.
  5. Animal husbandry: animal production including poultry and aviculture; fisheries, aquaculture and marine biology; animal health and zoonoses; physiology; nutrition; animal welfare; epidemiology; biosecurity; veterinary services; genetics and breeding; grazing management; wildlife management; fisheries and aquaculture; beekeeping.
  6. Rural development and agro-economy: rural policy; farm economics and management; governance; rural economy diversification; rural finance; green economy; rural tourism; social capital, social inclusion and rural institutions; rural services; rural sociology; rural-urban interactions; urban and peri-urban agriculture; local, territorial and area-based development; rural innovation systems; innovation in agricultural training; rural networks and clusters; food chain organization; valorisation of typical and traditional products; gender issues; agricultural extension and advisory services; rural resilience, poverty and vulnerability; insurance and risk management in agriculture.
  7. Forestry and agro-forestry: forest and climate change; global change forestry; genetics breeding and physiology of forest and ornamental species; silviculture; seed management; nursery production; afforestation; forest health; forest fires; forest management; forest utilization; forest transport systems; forest policy and economy; biomass production and utilization; environmental applications of forest trees; urban forests; landscape management; agro-forestry systems; forest  tourism and recreating facilities, forestry ecosystem services.
Received contributions that are related to agriculture, food, rural development and forestry but are not directly linked to the seven sessions will be either included in one of the abovementioned sessions depending on paper topic or a new session will be introduced if a significant number of manuscripts dealing with the same topic is provided.