1:43 p.m., Nov. 30, 2009----Four leading Chinese scientists participated in an invitational symposium organized by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and China Agricultural University at the recent International Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, held Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh.
Symposium organizers were Tom Sims, deputy dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and T.A. Baker Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, and Fusuo Zhang, dean and professor in the CAU College of Resources and Environmental Sciences.
The symposium was co-sponsored by the Association of Chinese Soil and Plant Scientists in North America.
The symposium focused on “Integrated Solutions to the Agri-Environmental Challenges Facing China in the 21st Century” and featured presentations on “The Role of Cropland Soil Carbon Sequestration in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Potential in China” by Yao Huang of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; “Biofuel Development, Food Security and the Use of Marginal Land in China” by Huanguang Qiu of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences; “Optimal Management of Fertilizer Application in Agricultural Production for Higher Efficiency and Better Water Quality -- A Case Study in the Taihu Lake Region” by Weiming Shi, of State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing; and “Integrated Soil-Crop System Management Reducing Environmental Risk While Increasing Crop Productivity and Nutrient Use Efficiency in China” by Fusuo Zhang.
The presentations will be published as a special collection in the Journal of Environmental Quality in 2010.