The Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia in association with Malaysia Society of Soil Science (MSSS), Department of Agriculture of Malaysia and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) , will be organizing the 10th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at Low pH (10th PSILPH) on June 25-29, 2018.
The main objective of the symposium is to address issues related to sustainable food production on soils with low pH, with the intention of achieving environmental sustainability.
In tropical regions of the globe, soils with low pH are very common due to the prevailing weather conditions of high temperature and high rainfall all the year round. Low pH soils can cause injuries to the plant root systems, inhibiting overall plant growth. Agriculture and agronomic practices are continuously being developed and/or improved to overcome the problems, facing growers without necessarily neglecting the environment.
In line with the symposium theme “Achieving Sustainable Food Production on Acid Soils, the 10th PSILPH aims to gather researchers, scientists, experts and academicians in the field of soil science, plant physiology and others to share and discuss the latest research findings and thoughts on current status of agriculture production and practices; thus, ensuring food security and environmental sustainability.
|Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), since its establishment in 1931 as a school of agriculture, has grown from strength to strength to its current status as one of the leading research universities in Malaysia and in the region. Its range of academic disciplines and its recognised academic excellence have attracted students from all over the world. UPM currently has a student population of about 29,000, 3,000 of which are international students from 60 different countries.
With 16 faculties and 9 institutes, UPM’s impressive range of academic disciplines spans diverse areas such as agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, medicine and health sciences, economics and management, engineering, educational studies, science, food science and technology, human ecology, modern languages and communication, design and architecture, computer science and information technology, biotechnology and biomolecular sciences, environmental sciences, and food sciences. Approximately 450 students graduate with PhD degrees annually, and more than 70% of its academic staff hold PhD degrees from universities worldwide.
|With the motto ‘With Knowledge We Serve’ as its driving force, UPM continues to strive towards establishing itself as a respected university of international standing. In conjunction with this, UPM has collaborated with renowned international universities as its partner institutions to create an international collaborative programme for postgraduate studies.
UPM has two campuses, the main campus in Serdang, Selangor, and its branch campus in Bintulu, Sarawak. The main campus, also commonly known as the ‘green campus’, is a sprawling 1,200 hectares of tropical greenery in Serdang, about 22 km south of Kuala Lumpur, and approximately 45 km from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).
Faculty of Agriculture is one of the three Pioneer faculties that made up the establishment of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (currently Universiti Putra Malaysia) in 1971. The faculty begun with seven departments, most of these departments was later developed to become several other faculties.
At the end of 1998, Faculty of Agriculture has 3 academic departments, which are the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Department of Plant Protection and Department of Soil Science. From 1st January 1999, the restructuring process at Universiti Putra Malaysia also affected the Faculty of Agriculture. The restructuring is based on the concept of uniting or integrating the main elements in the agricultural systems; comprising of crop, animal, soil, technology and management. On this basis, the Faculty of Agriculture now have 7 departments: Crop Science, Plant Protection, Land Management, Agribusiness and Bioresources, Agriculture Technology and Aquaculture.
As the foremost agriculture faculty in this country, Faculty of Agriculture plays a major role in finding solutions to current agriculture problems faced by the nation, and also in the long term development of the agriculture industry. This is especially true in the training of human resources, which the faculty is known for producing trained individuals comprising of graduates who are visionary and competitive in the industrial arena. Using the country’s education system as the base, the Faculty of Agriculture will strive to produce trained agriculture expertise characterized by their entrepreneurship and capability to provide consultations at any place, besides contributing to new and high agriculture technologies resulting from research and commercialization programs.
The Faculty of Agriculture currently offers programs in Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Horticultural Science, and Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness), Bachelor of Agriculture (Aquaculture) and Bachelor of Agriculture (Animal Science). Besides that, programs at postgraduate levels are also offered, which are Master in Agriculture Science, Master in Science, Master in Land Resource Management, Master in Plantation Management, Master in Sustainable Land Management and also PhD programs.
10th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at Low pH - (10th PSILPH)
June 25-28, 2018. Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort, Putrajaya, Malaysia