SISAF23': the forum for agricultural innovation

Plant memory and its potential to be exploited, salinization affecting the agro-ecosystem and the food safety implications of metal contamination were among the topics discussed at an international conference on sustainable and innovative solutions for agriculture and food industry at the University of Debrecen. The conference, organised for the first time by the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management, was attended by more than 100 experts and focused on the theme "One Health".

This year, the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen launched a series of conferences to mark the 155th anniversary of the foundation of agricultural higher education in Debrecen. The Debrecen University Symposium 1st Congress on Sustainable and Innovative Solutions in Agriculture and Food Industry (SISAF'23) was held in the framework of this international event, with lectures by renowned experts from abroad and in Hungary in the fields of plant, animal, food and environmental sciences.

- Sustainable development is one of the most important issues of our time. In addition to their known consequences demographic change and climate change are completely restructuring the food production system. The environment in which we produce, the composition of pests and pathogens and the water balance are also changing. To produce food of the right quality and in the right quantity, we need to adapt to the new conditions. This is why the Scientific Council of the University of Debrecen has decided to support the organisation of the international conference within the framework of the Debrecen University Symposium, because of the importance of the topic," said László Csernoch, Vice-Rector for Science and President of the Scientific Council of the University of Debrecen, at the press conference preceding the conference itself.

The conference featured presentations by renowned experts in plant, animal, food and environmental sciences, with speakers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Slovakia and other countries.

- The University of Debrecen - and within it the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management - has a very complex research portfolio. We would like to present our basic research in support of sustainable and innovative agriculture and food industry to a broad audience," said László Stündl, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management.

He stressed that the European Union is also placing increasing emphasis on supporting the adaptability of agriculture, as climate change and its indirect effects - gradations of pathogens and pests, zoonoses - are placing increasing pressure on feedstock production, animal health and the food industry.

- This is why it is important to show that science, the professions and education can work together to transform and transform agriculture. The central theme of the conference is "One Health". The aim of this integrated, unifying approach is to achieve a highly sensitive balance between the health of people, animals, plants and ecosystems. This approach is crucial in the fight for food safety and against zoonoses and antibiotic resistance," said László Stündl.

The presentations covered topics such as the interactions between microbiome, proteome and animal health, hereditary diseases and inherited health, the current multidisciplinary challenges of the water cycle and water management, and the role of plant nanoenvironment.

Press centre - ÉE