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Sunday, 23 June

17.00     Registration

Monday, 24 June

08.30     Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.30     Welcome Addresses

Chairperson Áslaug Helgadóttir, General Secretary of EGF 2013


Ágúst Sigurðsson, Rector Agricultural University of Iceland, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture

Athole Marshall, President of EGF

10.30 – 12.00     Opening Session

Chairman: Thorsteinn Tómasson (IS)

Potential of legume-based grassland-livestock systems in Europe

Lüscher A.1, Mueller-Harvey I.2, Soussana J.F.3, Rees R.M.4 and Peyraud J.L.5

1    Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, 8046 Zurich, Switzerland

2    University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AT, United Kingdom

3    INRA, Grassland Ecosystem Research, 63100 Clermont-Ferrand, France

4    Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, United Kingdom

5    INRA, UMR PEGASE, 35590 St Gilles, France

Agriculture in Iceland – A grassland based production

Helgadóttir Á.1, Eythórsdóttir E.1 and Jóhannesson T.2

1    Agricultural University of Iceland, Keldnaholti, 112 Reykjavík, Iceland

2    Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Skúlagötu 4, 150 Reykjavík, Iceland

12.00 – 13.30     Lunch


Session 1. Improving Eco-Efficiency in Mixed Farming Systems

Chairpersons: Liv Østrem (NO) and Piotr Golinski (PL)

13.30 – 15.00     Session 1, part 1

Influence of ley-arable systems on soil carbon stocks in Northern Europe and Eastern Canada

Kätterer T.1, Bolinder M.A.2, Thorvaldsson G.3 and Kirchmann H.1

1    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil and Environment P.O. Box 7014, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden

2    Department of Soils and Agrifood Engineering, Université Laval, 2425 rue de l’Agriculture, G1V 0A6 Québec, Canada

3    Agricultural University of Iceland, Keldnaholti, 112 Reykjavík, Iceland

Herbage nutritive value in less-favoured areas of cool regions

Bélanger G.1, Virkajärvi P.2, Duru M.3, Tremblay G.F.1 and Saarijärvi K.2

1  Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2560 Hochelaga Boulevard, Québec (QC), G1V 2J3, Canada

2  MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Animal Production Resarch, Halolantie 31 A, FI-71750, Maaninka, Finland

3  UMR INRA-ENSAT 1248 AGIR, Équipe Orphée INRA, 24 Chemin de Borde Rouge CS 52627, 31326 Castanet Tolosan cedex, France

15.00 – 16.15     Poster Session 1 and coffee


16.15 – 18.00     Session 1, part 2

Aggregated plant functional traits as affected by management practices impact on C stocks in temperate grasslands

Kohler C., Morvan-Bertrand A., Cliquet J.B. and Lemauviel-Lavenant S.

    UMR INRA-UCBN 950 EVA Écophysiologie Végétale, Agronomie & Nutritions NCS, Université de Caen, Esplanade de la Paix, - CS 14032 - F 14032 Caen Cedex, France

Grass-legume mixtures enhance yield of total nitrogen and uptake from symbiotic N2 fixation: Evidence from a three-year multisite experiment

Suter M.1, Connolly J.2, Finn J.A.3, Helgadóttir Á.4, Goliński P.5, Kirwan L.6, Loges R.7, Kadžiulienė Ž.8, Sebastià M.T.9, Taube F.7 and Lüscher A.1

1  Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Zürich, Switzerland

2  School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland

3  Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland

4  Agricultural University of Iceland, Keldnaholti, Reykjavík, Iceland

5  Department of Grassland and Natural Landscape Sciences, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

6  Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland

7  Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

8  Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Akademija, Kedainiai, Lithuania

9  Dept HBJ, ETSEA, Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Nutrient uptake in soil niches affected by plant species and drought stress

Hoekstra N.J.1,2, Finn J.A.1 and Lüscher A.2

1    Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland

2    Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Zurich, Switzerland

Assessing quantity and quality of grazed forage on multi-species swards

Tonn B., Bienvenu C. and Isselstein J.

    University of Goettingen, Department of Crop Sciences, Institute of Grassland Science

Forage value of leaf fodder from main European broad-leaved woody species

Stejskalová M.1, Hejcmanová P.2 and Hejcman M.1

1    Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamýcká 1176, Prague 6- Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic

2    Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamýcká 129, Prague 6- Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic

Environmental impacts of beef production systems (bull fattening and suckler cows) in different countries

Nemecek T., Alig M. and Grandl F.

    Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, Reckenholzstrasse 191, 8046 Zürich, Switzerland


19.00                   Reception and Symposium Dinner


Tuesday, 25 June

Session 2. Conservation of Extensive Grasslands

Chairpersons: Bodil Frankow-Lindberg (SE) and Michal Hejcman (CZ)

08.00 – 09.30     Session 2, part 1

Semi-natural grasslands as a source of genetic diversity 

Rognli O.A.1, Fjellheim S.1, Pecetti L.2 and Boller B.3

1    Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO-1432 Ås, Norway

2  Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di Ricerca per le Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie (CRA-FLC), viale Piacenza, 29, 26900 Lodi, Italy

3  Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART Reckenholz, CH-8046 Zürich, Switzerland

Livestock grazing and biodiversity in semi-natural grasslands

Dumont B.1, Thórhallsdóttir A.G.2,3, Farruggia A.1 and Norderhaug A.4

1    INRA, UMR 1213 Herbivores, Theix, F-63122 Saint-Genès-Champanelle, France

2    Agricultural University of Iceland, 311 Hvanneyri, Iceland

3    Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research, Løken, N-2940 Heggenes, Norway

4    Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research, Kvithamar, N-7512 Stjørdal, Norway


09.30 – 10.45     Poster Session 2 and coffee


10.45 – 12.30     Session 2, part 2

Extensive grasslands within the context of the CAP 2013 reform

Luick R.1, Oppermann R.2 and Stein S.1

1    University of Rottenburg, D 72108 Rottenburg, Germany

2    Institute for Agricultural Ecology and Biodiversity, D 68163 Mannheim, Germany

Costs of forage production in disadvantaged mountain areas

Peratoner G.1, De Ros G.2, Senoner J.3, Figl U.1 and Florian C.1

1  Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, 39040 Auer (Ora), BZ, Italy

2  Technology Transfer Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, 38010 San Michele all’Adige, TN, Italy

3  Abteilung Land-, Forst- und Hauswirtschaftliche Berufsbildung, Autonomous Province Bozen (Bolzano) - South Tyrol, BZ, Italy

Resilient and multifunctional-grasslands for agriculture and environmental service during a time of climate change

Humphreys M.W., Markku S., Farrell M.S., Detheridge A., Scullion J., Kingston-Smith A. and O’Donovan S.A.

    IBERS, Aberystwyth University, Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3EE, UK

Anthriscus sylvestris – biology, control and people’s perception of cultural landscapes

Jørgensen M.1, Tørresen K.S.1, Dyrhaug M.2, Myrstad I.2, Svendsen J.2, Magnussen T.3, Førde A.4 and DiTommaso A.5

1  Bioforsk-Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Ås, and Tromsø, Norway

2    Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service, Ås, Norway

3    Nordland Research Institute, Bodø, Norway

4    University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

5    Cornell University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Ithaca, NY, USA

Establishment of an Arrhenatherion meadow through on-site threshing material and green hay transfer

Graiss W., Haslgrübler P., Blaschka A., Pötsch E.M. and Krautzer B.

    AREC (Agricultural Research and Education Centre) Raumberg-Gumpenstein, A-8952 Irdning, Raumberg 38

Volcanic impacts on grasslands – a review

Arnalds Ó.

    Agricultural University of Iceland, Keldnaholti, 112 Reykjavík, Iceland

12.30                   Mid-Symposium Tours and Barn Dinner


Wednesday, 26 June

Session 3. Grasslands and biofuels

Chairpersons: Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar (NL) and Johannes Isselstein (DE)

08.30 – 10.00 Session 3, part 1

Second generation biofuel: biomethane from co-digestion of grass and slurry

Murphy J.D.1,2, Wall D.1,2,3 and O’Kiely P.3

1    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

2    Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

3    Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath, Ireland

Permanent grasslands for bioenergy: Factors affecting management and conversion efficiency

Prochnow A.1,2, Heiermann M.1 and Plöchl M.3

1  Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany

2  Humboldt-University Berlin, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, D-10099 Berlin, Germany

3  BioenergieBeratungBornim GmbH, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany

10.00 – 11.00     Poster Session 3 and coffee


11.00 – 12.15     Session 3, part 2

Biochemical methane potential of timothy, tall fescue and red clover silages harvested at different stages of maturity

Seppälä A., Kässi P., Ervasti S., Kuoppala K., Sormunen-Cristian R., Särkijärvi S., Heikkilä T., Luostarinen S. and Rinne M.

    MTT Agrifood Research Finland

EU sustainability criteria for biofuels potentially restrict ley crop production on marginal land for use as biogas substrate

Prade T.1, Svensson S-E.1, Mattsson J.E.1, Carlsson G.1, Björnsson L.2, Börjesson P.2 and Lantz M.2

1    Department of Biosystem and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 103, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden

2  Department of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, P.O Box 118, 221 00 Lund, Sweden

Effects of agricultural biogas-production facilities on land use and land use change in Lower Saxony (D)

Osterburg B. and Röder N.

    Thünen Institute of Rural Studies of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany


Ethanol production from grass by Thermoanaerobacter B2 isolated from a hot spring in Iceland

Örlygsson J.

    University of Akureyri, Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences, Nordurslód 2, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

12.15     Closing Ceremony

Summing up: Roger Wilkins, EGF Honorary Life President

Final remarks: Áslaug Helgadóttir, General Secretary of EGF 2013

12.30     Final lunch

13.30     Departure for Post-Symposium Tour


Links to Scientific programme, choice of mid-symposium tours, social events and programme for accompanying persons below.

                                         - Updated 14 June 2013



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