ISHS and CSIC announce International Symposium on Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture

Posted On 13 Jan 2015
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atmosphere_compostMURCIA, Spain: Endorsed by the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the 3rd edition of this symposium is aimed at bringing together scientists from around the world working on areas of organic matter treatment and compost use in horticulture. The event will be held in Murcia, Spain from April 20-24, 2015.

The 2015 edition will cover different aspects including nutritional issues (N use efficiency and P recycling) and the implication on global food security, different environmental and health issues associated to the use of compost in agriculture, and also a reflection on novel organic amendments and future needs to ensure its safe use and commercialisation. A specific session will be devoted to the interaction of biochar and organic matter both in soil and during composting, in the framework of the European project FERTIPLUS which is aimed at nutrient recycling via integration of compost and biochar (

The scientific activities planned over the four days symposium include an opening lecture and 7 scientific sessions led by world class keynote speakers, several round tables for discussion, specialised workshops and a technical visit (the last day of the congress) to some of the most modern agricultural facilities in the area.

The symposium will be held in Murcia, a region in South-East Spain with a strong agricultural background. Murcia is one of the world’s largest suppliers of fresh produce, with the European Union as the principal market.

The organisers welcome colleagues from all around the world to join the International Symposium and hope they will also enjoy the life-style, rich Mediterranean gastronomy and cultural attractions of Murcia. See you in Murcia!

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