Welcome Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the International Plant Nutrition Community,

I am delighted to invite you to take part in the 16th International Plant Nutrition Colloquium (IPNC) to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California from August 26-30, 2009.  Since its inception in the early 1950’s, the IPNC has grown to become the most important international meeting on fundamental and applied Plant Nutrition from both an agricultural and environmental context.

The theme for the 2009 Colloquium, “Plant Nutrition for Sustainable Development and Global Health” aims to highlight the importance of plant nutrition as a foundation science with impact on all aspects of cropping system and environmental Bridge - Sacramentosustainability, human health and well being. The 16th International Plant Nutrition Colloquium will provide a forum that increases our understanding of the fundamental principles of plant nutrition, helps develop and extend optimized field practices and improved public policies, and educates students, scientists and public and private practitioners.

This colloquium promises to be another exciting gathering of top scientists, students, and the public and private sector involved in the field of plant nutrition, plant biology, agronomy, horticulture, ecology, environmental sciences and related disciplines. With presenters and attendees from greater than 60 countries the colloquium provides an excellent forum for presentations and discussions on current and developing issues in the field of plant nutrition.   

The University of California-Davis Plant Sciences Department is pleased to have the opportunity to host the 2009 Colloquium in Sacramento, California.  California’s Central Valley, as one of the largest and most diverse centers of agricultural innovation and production in the world, offers an appropriate backdrop for the 2009 Colloquium.  The city of Sacramento, the state capital of California, is a friendly and inviting city with a range of world class local attractions and access to the snow covered peaks of the Tahoe basin one hour east, San Francisco, Napa Valley and the rugged Californian coastline within one hour West. The University of California campuses at Davis and Berkeley are located 10 and 100 kilometers, respectively, from the convention site and transportation will be arranged for delegates wishing to visit Patrick Brown, IPNC Presidentthese sites.

I very much look forward to seeing you at the International Plant Nutrition Colloquium in Sacramento in 2009.


Patrick Brown
President, IPNC
UC-Davis, Department of Plant Sciences