Biofumigation 7 Symposium

International Symposium on Biocidal and Non-Biocidal Plants to improve Soil Health


Because of the increasing number of persons infected with the corona virus COVID-19 in Switzerland and in Europe in general, the BIOFUMIGATION 7 SYMPOSIUM has been postponed to spring 2021!

We are sad to take this decision, but for the sake of a health of the participants and for a smooth organization of the symposium, we had no other choice.

We are looking forward to meeting at the Symposium next year.

With our best regards, the organizers.




30 March – 3 April 2020 in Switzerland

Welcome to the Biofumigation 7 Symposium!

This international symposium is the seventh of its kind, with ONE important change: it includes research on all kinds of plants used to improve soil health, also such not being used for biofumigation.

The symposium aims to serve as a gathering point for researchers, advisers and breeders from around the world for the exchange of knowledge on the use of plants and plant-derived products to improve soil health.

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The topic of the symposium is the use of plants or plant-derived products to improve soil-health-related biological, chemical and physical soil properties.

The aim is to stimulate knowledge exchange on this topic between researchers, advisers, educators and breeders from around the world.

Special emphasis is placed on the participation of young researchers, i.e. PhD and MSc students. To encourage their participation, the following three arrangements have been made:

  • Low-rate accommodation is available (see ‘Accommodation’)
  • Lower registration fee for students
  • Publication in an open-access journal (Global Journal of Agricultural Innovation, Research & Development) at the especially low rate of USD $100. 


The symposium venue is the Grand Hôtel du Parc in the Swiss alpine resort of Crans-Montana.



Important deadlines

  • 29 February 2020 - End of registration 


Organising Committee (Agroscope) 

Vincent Michel 
Aurélie Gfeller
Matthias Lutz
Chantal Rausis

Scientific queries
Vincent Michel 
Agroscope, Switzerland
phone: +41 58 481 35 35

Administrative queries
Chantal Rausis
Agroscope, Switzerland
phone: +41 58 481 35 16



Scientific Committee

Lionel Alletto
CA Occitane, France

Matthew Back
Harper Adams University, UK

Dale Gies
High Performance Seeds, USA

Aurélie Gfeller 
Agroscope, Switzerland

John Kirkegaard
CSIRO, Australia

Niel Kruger
InteliGro, South Africa

Luca Lazzeri
CREA, Italy

Matthias Lutz
Agroscope, Switzerland 

Vincent Michel
Agroscope, Switzerland

Giampiero Patalano
Nutrien, Italy 

Michaela Schlathölter
PHPetersen, Germany 

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