ROOT2RES 1st Annual Meeting: Cultivating Innovation in Santiago de Compostela

ROOT2RES 1st Annual Meeting: Cultivating Innovation in Santiago de Compostela

Excitement is brewing as ROOT2RES, the European project focused on enhancing crop resilience through innovative root systems, gears up for its First Annual Meeting in Santiago de Compostela. Scheduled from November 21st to 23rd, this event promises to be a dynamic confluence of insights, updates, and collaborative discussions.

Agenda Highlights:

🌿 Introduction of the SCAB and Core Sites: The meeting kicks off with an insightful introduction to the Scientific and Community Advisory Board (SCAB) and an exploration of the project’s core sites.

🌐 Work Package Updates: It will take place a comprehensive overview of the progress made across the work packages. From root phenotyping tools to genetic markers and modeling, each update unveils the intricate layers of research contributing to the project’s overarching goals.

🔬 Living Lab Visit in Vigo: A highlight of the event is the immersive visit to Vigo’s Living Lab. Participants will witness firsthand the application of innovative root systems and gain insights into how these technologies are implemented in real-world agricultural settings.

🌍 Closure with SCAB Feedback: The meeting concludes with a valuable session featuring feedback from the Scientific and Community Advisory Board. This open dialogue ensures that ROOT2RES continues to evolve and align with the latest advancements and community needs.

Stay Connected: Follow ROOT2RES on social media for live updates, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and highlights from this groundbreaking Annual Meeting. Together, we’re cultivating a future where resilient crops pave the way for sustainable agriculture!

An interview with Root2Res deputy coordinator, Tim George

An interview with Root2Res deputy coordinator, Tim George

this is an extract of the article “Resilient Crops: Rooting for Sustainability in Horizon Europe” published by UKRI

“In the quest for sustainable agriculture, Horizon Europe partners with projects like ROOT2RES, which explores the untapped potential of plant root systems. Roots, often overlooked, are pivotal in nutrient absorption and water retention.

Collaborating closely with Horizon Europe and like-minded stakeholders, ROOT2RES aims to revolutionize crop resilience. Their mission: creating crops that thrive in adversity while reducing agriculture’s environmental impact. This partnership has also secured a Horizon Europe guarantee grant, ensuring the UK’s continued involvement in this vital EU-funded project. This commitment is crucial in the effort to make crops more resilient to climate change.

Discover how this partnership is unearthing solutions to global challenges, such as food security and climate change, by nurturing resilient crops and cultivating a greener future for all.”

Read the full article here.

Pictures Credits: James Hutton Institute

Root2Res at Les Culturales

Root2Res at Les Culturales

Root2Res has participated in Les Culturales, the French biggest field show dedicated to arable crops and organized by ARVALIS. This year, the event gathered 15 000 participants over 2 days, mainly producers, advisors, scientists but also students and policy makers. It was an amazing experience as it was the first time Root2Res joined a large scale fair and met with its french stakeholders.

Root2Res project held a workshop gathering 12 participants with a wide range of profiles (breeders, producers, advisors, agronomists, scientists) in order to determine the priorities in terms of root traits to be further investigated in relation to limiting production factors. It was also discussed the current limitations of root systems phenotyping regarding the different objectives (breeding, agronomic study, measurements in farmers’ fields) and to discuss possible innovations and tools to overcome them.

In addition to this workshop, a visit to the technical area of the show was organized to illustrate the work carried out on root systems by ARVALIS and its partners, notably in relation with roots phenotyping methods. It was an opportunity to demonstrate how soil pits and minirhizotrons work and the root-related information they enable to capture.

Finally, a specific booth dedicated to European project had also been set up and served as a forum for raising awareness among farmers and other agricultural operators of the issues addressed by Root2Res project and the contribution of root systems to the resilience of cropping systems in the face of climate change.

Here you can see some of the pictures that were taken in the event. Thank you to everyone that participated and took photos having a great time there!


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ICARDA is offering a PhD fellowship

ICARDA is offering a PhD fellowship

new position has opened within Root2Res, as ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) aims to hire a researcher in the ICARDA Environment for Moroccan nationals and candidates who have a current residency in Morocco.

All candidates must submit their application before the 1st of August by following this link.

The successful applicant will carry out research that will organize and carry data collection with Phenomobile of the Root2Res trials in Morocco; organize and carry phenotypic data collection in the field and in the Physiotron experiment; Implement trait prediction models based on phenotypic data collection and remote sensing data as well as assisting in any other activities of Root2Res project.

The candidate will be granted a 12-months research fellowship, renewable to a maximum of 48 months subject to satisfactory performance, continuous need of the position and availability of fund.