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Root-Rhizosphere Workshop and 2017 ISRR Dundee Medal Lecture in Root Research

24 May 2017, 2:10pm
at James Hutton Institute, Dundee
for scientists, students and other interested parties
Roots (c) James Hutton Institute

This one-day event organised by the Dundee Roots Group and held at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, is aimed at scientists interested in root research and the plant-soil interface and will feature the 2017 ISRR Medal Lecture on Root Research by Professor Michelle Watt, Juelich.

Prof. Michelle Watt is a director of Plant Sciences at the Forschungszentrum Juelich, Professor of Crop Root Physiology at the University of Bonn, and leads the Root Dynamics Group which uses phenotyping to make root and rhizosphere discoveries for crop resource efficiencies. She is the Executive Secretary of the International Society of Root Research and co Chair of the International Plant Phenotyping Network Root Phenotyping Working Group. She was at CSIRO from 2001 to 2015 in Australia, awarded her PhD at the Australia National University in 2000, and her BSc and MSc at Carleton University in Canada, working on root and rhizosphere discoveries in different crops.

Abstract: Phenotyping is the measurement of the expressed features of organisms. Phenotyping has been central to selecting root traits in pre-breeding processes since at least the 1960s, and this talk will start by presenting successful examples. Then the talk will focus on new studies whereby dynamic, functional and whole-plant phenotypes are measured in 4D, and discuss how such emerging phenotyping technologies can speed up genetic gain in crop breeding programs in future.

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