Climate-adaptive food systems

  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Plant Health Cure, Bodemliefde, Bejo

During this workshop, experts from the Plant Health Cure, Bodemliefde and seed company Bejo will share the latest insights when it comes to climate-adaptive food systems and climate resilient seeds.

Plant Health Cure | Dealing with climate extremes by harnassing nature |By Menno Kamphuis

The prospect of climate extremes is here, and it is up to the agricultural sector to figure out the answers to these risks in order ensure food security for the world.

But besides genetics and technology, a big part is up to the plants themselves: How can they fend for themselves in the field if they are malnurished? How deep can they actually root in search of water? And how do their own defenses allow them to withstand times of water shortages- or surpluses?

By studying soils and plants, PHC improves organic cultivation by harnassing forgotten traits of plants: The power to work together with fungi to access deeper water deposits, improve the soil themselves and even to dissolve whole rocks with their root exudates.

Plant Health Cure is a specialist and market leader in the field of mycorrhiza technology and soil biology. We develop and supply useful soil fungi and soil bacteria as well as other products that increase the plants’ self-defense capabilities and allow them to function better. This makes it possible to save drastically on pesticides as well as on fertilisers. The user achieves at least the same production at lower costs and the plant is healthier. Plant Health Cure products thus offer a significant contribution to more sustainable green sectors.

Bodemliefde Water Conservation – A Multifunctional Solution | By Bob Klein Lankhorst

Climate change is having an impact on agriculture, and this impact is likely to increase in the coming decades. Intense floods and droughts, powerful storms, and unpredictable weather will challenge and change the way we farm. We can anticipate these changes with adaptation strategies. Fortunately, these strategies also bring benefits when they are aimed at being multifunctional solutions. Water conservation via agroforestry practices, perennial crops and erosion-proofing of farms help maintain and improve the productivity of the farm over time.

Bejo | Can plant breeding tackle climate change? | By André Dekker

The most sustainable way to prevent diseases and pests in vegetable crops and to make them better suited to dry or hot conditions is breeding. In the past, the development of new varieties took more than twenty years, but thanks to new technologies such as tissue culture, marker technology and bioinformatics, we can reduce this period to just 4 to 8 years. Nature often has the solution to solve these problems. Breeders can make a selection and develop varieties from these useful properties. This is a time-consuming activity that fortunately can be greatly accelerated by modern techniques.