The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Water scarcity, salinization & plant water relations for optimal production & quality

Sponsored by the ISHS Commissions of Irrigation & Plant Water Relations, Horticultural Engineering and Protected Cultivation

The Water Scarcity, Salinization & Plant Water Relations for Optimal Production & Quality Symposium will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 during the International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

Water scarcity, salinization and plant water relations are critically important factors that impact on sustainability of lives, livelihoods and landscapes, which is the main theme of the 29th IHC Congress in Brisbane. Demographic changes and possible climate change effects on water supply and demand will require a strong effort to better understand and manipulate the water environment to provide a sustainable future for horticultural production. This effort will require new and better information on water demand and salinity levels for optimal horticultural production. Much of this information will come from field and laboratory studies, but modelling will also be important for optimizing the use of water on multiple crop farms under limited water supplies or with poor water quality. The goal of the water scarcity, salinization, and plant water relations symposium is to discuss what we know about water management and how we can begin to address the sustainability of water supplies and quality for future horticultural crop production.

In this symposium, we invite papers on the following themes:

  • Crop water requirements including evapotranspiration modeling and crop coefficient approaches
  • Plant-water relations and physiological indicators for irrigation management under water scarcity
  • Remote sensing and thermal imagery to determine plant water status and water usage
  • Water/yield footprints
  • Regulated and sustainable deficit irrigation impacts on production and quality
  • Saline water management and water reuse in agriculture
  • New and emerging instrumentation for water quality assessment
  • Climate change impacts on water productivity and irrigation management.


Dr. Richard L. Snyder is an extension biometeorologist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis, USA. His interests include measuring and estimating evapotranspiration, freeze protection of crops, irrigation scheduling and water resources planning. He is the co-author of the UN_FAO book “Frost protection: fundamentals, practice and economics”.

Dr Samuel Ortega-Farias is Director of the Research and Extension Center for Irrigation and Agroclimatology (CITRA), Universidad de Talca, Chile and a Professor in the Agronomy School of the Universidad de Talca. His research interests include evapotranspiration modelling, regulated deficit irrigation, estimation of crop water requirements using remote sensing technologies and crop modelling.

Keynote Speaker

William Kustas is a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland. He began his research career with the USDA-ARS Hydrology Lab in 1986 after receiving his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on understanding and modeling land surface-atmosphere energy exchange processes, and evapotranspiration at both micro and macro scales using remote sensing.

Scientific Committee

  • Richard Snyder (USA)
  • Samuel Ortega-Farias (Chile)
  • Diego Intrigliolo (Spain)
  • Alejandro del Pozo (Chile)
  • Isabel Ferreira (Portugal)
  • Steve Grattan (USA)
  • Donatella Spano (Italy)
  • Everard J. Edwards (Australia)
  • Allan Fulton (USA)
  • Amos Naor (Israel)
  • Ben A. Faber (USA)
  • Joan Girona (Spain)
  • Sigfredo Fuentes (Australia)
  • Shabtai Cohen (Israel)
  • Jose L. Chavez (USA)
  • Jordi Marsal (Spain)
  • Esmaeil (Essie) Fallahi (USA)