Invited Speakers

The conference in Stockholm was most memorable with lots of science, sight seeing, great food and company. Take the time to enjoy the photo galleries below, click here.

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The 6th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture

The award given In Recognition of Contribution to the Science of Silicon in Agriculture  was won by Professor Alexander Lux from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Program Themes

Swedish Dishes

City Hall Reception

Organizing and Scientific Committee

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Conference Sponsors

Key Note Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Jian Feng Ma

  • Prof. Jonathan J Powell, University of Cambridge, UK - "The health value of the silicon content of food crops" -
  • Prof. Catherine Keller, Cerege Université Aix-Marseille III, France - "Silicon in agricultural soils: is availability an issue?" -

Stockholm, Sweden


The Scientific Part

Folk Dance & Dinner

The Sixth International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture (ICSA) was the first conference to be held in Europe in this series and was hosted in Stockholm, the Nobel prize and capital town of Sweden on Stockholm University Campus at Frescati.

The aim of this three day conference was to discuss the latest knowledge and the state of the art of the important issue of using application of silicon in agriculture. Application of silicon has shown to increase biomass production, resistance to several abiotic and biotic stressors as well as to diminish the content of several toxic elements and increase the uptake of some nutrients in crops. Its possible role as essential nutrient element to plants, animals and humans has long been discussed. It's possible essentially can be put in relation to a decreased available Si level in arable soils, due to crop harvest and no Si application. The conference therefore spanned from the Chemistry of Si fertilizers via Si influence on soil and plants to the influence of Si on crop nutrition for human and animals.

Maria Greger presents
Alexander Lux with Award

Photographs by Dr Albert Premkumar and Arifin Sandhi

  • Prof. Carol Perry, College of Arts and Science, School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK - "Chemical studies of biosilicification and analytical methods for analyzing silicon" -
  • Prof. Richard R. Bélanger, Department of Phytology, Université Laval, Québec, Canada - "Silicon influence on biotic stress in plants" -

  • Prof. Jian Feng Ma, Institute of Plant Science and Resources, Okayama University, Japan - "Silicon transporters and their role in plants" -
  • Prof. Miroslav Nikolić, Institute for Multidiciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia - "Role of Silicon in Plant Nutrient Acquisition and Transport" -
  • Chemistry and analysis of silicon in soil, plant and environment
  • Silicon cycle in agro-systems and Si-fertilizers
  • Molecular and physiological mechanisms of Si uptake and accumulation in plants
  • Silicon influence on plant growth and development
  • Silicon influence on abiotic stress
  • Silicon influence on biotic stress
  • Silicon influence on nutritional value of crops, in a human and animal health aspect
  • Effects of silicon fertilizer products   
  • Assoc. Prof. Maria Greger (Main organizer), Stockholm University, Sweden, (
  • Prof. Alexander Lux , Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (
  • PhD. Michal Martinka, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • PhD. Marek Vaculik, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • PhL. Tommy Landberg, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Prof. Sylvia Lindberg, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • PhD. Martin Hodson, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Prof. Catherine Keller, Cerege Université Aix-Marseille III, France
  • PhD. Rivka Elbaum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
  • PhD. Mary Provance-Bowley, Harsco Metals and Minerals, USA