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Press Release: Which will be the Future Technologies for Food and Biomass Production?

Press Release: Which will be the Future Technologies for Food and Biomass Production?
It is hard to imagine today how our food will be produced in just a few decades. More efficient, low carbon footprint, healthy, tasty and often grown around the corner. Let`s take a look into the future.

The conference "Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)", 1 - 2 October 2018, Cologne (Germany) will for the first time bring together forward-thinking experts from companies, start-ups and research institutions to have a look at the future of food and biomass production. What high-tech strategies are emerging to supply food and biomass to the growing world population? REFAB offers a unique opportunity to meet pioneers and forerunners in food and biomass production, providing a mix of perspectives, technologies and branches to give a comprehensive and holistic picture, and increase synergetic effects.

For the first time in human history, we have a deeper understanding of soil, its functionalities and requirements and the role bacteria and fungi play in the nutrient uptake of plants and trees. We know how to achieve healthy and productive soils through biostimulants while nitrogen-fixing bacteria reduce the use of additional nitrogen. The Indian TERI institute will report on mycorrhizae and nano-biostimulants for precision agriculture.

Precision farming with artificial intelligence (AI), robots and drones can help to fertilise and protect plants more efficiently and with reduced environmental impacts. Speakers from Bayer ("Digital Agriculture") and Evonik ("Precision Livestock Farming") will present their latest developments. Improvements in plant varieties can enhance plant ingredients and make better use of solar radiation with enhanced photosynthesis systems (University Wageningen).

Forestry will supply a wide range of chemicals and bio-based products manufactured in biorefineries, including environmentally friendly textile fibres.

Food and biomass production will be possible even under the most extreme conditions: In dry areas, "greening the desert" turns to reality through solar technology, deep water or desalination plants as well as hydroponics. In the icy north, productivity can be increased through LED illuminated greenhouses, while other technologies will even allow the production of food in space stations, on the moon and on Mars. The European Space Agency will present "Man to Mars means Waste to Food" and Teshuva Agricultural Projects from Israel introduces their hydroponic agriculture under challenging conditions.

Join the future! Don`t miss this unique opportunity to meet the pioneers and forerunners of food and biomass production at the REFAB conference, which will provide a mix of innovative perspectives, technologies and branches to provide you with a holistic picture and create synergies for the agriculture of the future.

The conference is guided by a high-level advisory board with experts from six countries, that will address the newest developments within the scope of their work. 
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