• Dr. Emanuel Epstein, University of California, Davis, CA, USA - Silicon in Plants: Facts vs. Concepts
  • Dr. Jian Feng Ma, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kagawa, Kagawa, Japan - Silicon as a Beneficial Element for Crop Plants
  • Dr. John Raven, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK, - Silicon Transport at the Cell and Tissue Level
  • Dr. Allan Sangster, IYork University, Toronto, ON, Canada, Silicon Deposition in Higher Plants
  • Dr. Wim Voogt, Research Station for Floriculture and Glasshouse Vegetables, Naaldwijk, The Netherlands - Silicon in the Nutrient Solution for Soilless Grown Horticultural Crops
  • Dr. Christopher Deren, University of Florida - Plant Genotype, Silicon Concentration, and Silicon-Related Responses
  • Dr. Richard Belanger, Centre de Recherche en Horticulture, Universite Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada - The Mode of Action of Silicon as a Disease Preventing Agent in Cucumber
  • Dr. Lawrence Datnoff, University of Florida-IF AS, Everglades Research & Education Center, Belle Glade, FL, USA - Use of Silicon to Reduce Fungicides and Enhance Host Plant Resistance
  • Dr. George Snyder, University of Florida Everglades Research and Education Center, Belle Glade, FL, USA - Methods for Silicon Analysis of Plant Tissue, Soil, and Fertilizer
  • Dr. Gary Gascho, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, USA - Silicon Sources for Agriculture
  • Dr. Vladimir Matichenkov, The Relationship of Silicon to Soil Physical and Chemical Properties - Institute Basic Biological Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia
  • Dr. Jose Alvarez, University of Florida, Belle Glade, FL, USA - Economics of Silicon
  • Dr. Suzanne Berthelsen, CSIRO Land and Water, Townsville, Australia - Silicon Research Down Under: Past, Present and Future
  • Dr. Jan Meyer, SASA Experiment Station, Mount Edgecombe, South Africa - Past, Present and Future Silicon Research in the South African Sugar Industry
  • Dr. Kiyoshi lshiguro, Tohoku National Agricultural Experiment Station, Morioka, Japan - Review of Research in Japan on the Roles of Silicon in Conferring Resistance against Blast Disease in Rice
  • Dr. Anne S. Prabhul, Embrapa Arroz e Feijao, Santo Antonio de Goias, GO, Brazil - Silicon from Rice Disease Control Perspective in Brazil
  • Dr. Fernando Correa, Centro Intemacional de Agricultura Tropical, CIAT, Cali, Colombia - Effects of Silicon Fertilization on Disease Development and Yields of Rice in Colombia
  • Dr. James Menzies, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Plant-Related Silicon Research in Canada
  • Dr. Hailong Wang, New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd, Rotorua, New Zealand - Agricultural Utilization of Silicon in China
  • Dr. Chon-Suh Park, NIAST, Suwon, Rep. of Korea - Silicon's Influence on Plants


  • Dr. Lawrence E. Datnoff, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, USA, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Everglades Research and Education Center / email @ leda@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
  • Dr. Gasper Korndorfer, Professor of Soil Science, Departamento de Agronomia, Universidade Federal de Uberlanmdia / email @ gaspaehk@triang.com.br
  • Dr. George H. Snyder, Distinguished Professor of Soil Chemistry, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Everglades Research and Education Center / email @ ghs@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu

Organizing Committee

The First International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture (ICSA) was held September 26-30th, 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, at the Lago Mar Resort and Club.

The most important aspect of the conference was for colleagues in silicon science from around the world come together on a personal basis. The goal was the identification of the most important topics for future research, and the formulation of techniques, conventions, and strategies for conducting these studies in collaborative efforts with new-found colleagues cutting across disciplines and international borders.


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The organizing committee is very appreciative of the sponsors recognized in the "Silicon in Agriculture" book, Without their support, the International Conferences on Silicon in Agriculture would not be possible .

The "Silicon in Agriculture Program Agenda and Abstracts" book helps better understand what was covered during the first Conference on Silicon in Agriculture  Feel free to read and/or download the PDF.

The 1st International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture