Seminar:Roots for sustainability

Seminar June 12 2017, 13.00 – 16.00: Invitation to the seminar: Roots for sustainability On 12 June we have a visit from an international group of scientists working on plant roots and their significance for the exploitation of water and nutrients from the soil by plants and crops.

The approaches of the four, and their research groups are very different, but they all target the goal of developing sustainable and productive systems by improved understanding of plant roots and their ability to exploit also deep soil layers. There is a main focus on crop production systems, but Philippe Hinsinger from INRA in France and especially Alain Pierret from IRD in Laos also work on natural plant communities.

The four scientists visit us, as they are members of the advisory board for our 5-year project “DeepFrontier” funded by the Villum foundation, and they will participate in our project meeting on the following two days.



13.00-13.10:     Welcome/Introduction – Niels Halberg (ICROFS) and Kristian Thorup-Kristensen (Crop Science)

13.10-13.45:     John Kirkegaard, CSIRO, Australia:

Roots to suit crop production for the driest continent on earth


13.45-14.20:     Tim Crews, The Land Institute, USA:

The potential for newly domesticated perennial crop species to deliver ecosystem services


14.20-14.40:     Coffee/tea and cake

14.40-15.25:     Alain Pierret, IRD, Laos:

Fine root traits and ecosystem services; lessons learned from the Ecosfix project


15.25-16.00:     Philippe Hinsinger, INRA, France:

Root and rhizosphere functions down to several meters depth in a Eucalypt plantation on a deep, poor oxisol in Brazil - impact of rainfall reduction

Time and Location: June 12 2017, 13.00 – 16.00, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederikksberg C., Room R322-R323

No registration needed. The seminar is free of charge.