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Aspects 73: Roots and the Soil Environment II

EDITORS:

John Foulkes 

Graham Russell 

Malcolm Hawkesford  

Mike Gooding  

Debbie Sparkes  

Elizabeth Stockdale

Roots and the Soil Environment II follows the first AAB Roots and the Soil Environment residential meeting held at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 1989. This meeting provided a platform for presenting and discussing results from both basic and applied research that might lead towards the development of solutions to optimise root systems. Since that fi rst meeting, the increased demands on the European agricultural industry together with a shift in emphasis to lower inputs and environmental sensitivities has resulted in a need to re-evaluate crop water and nutritional requirements and to develop practises that are more environmentally acceptable under these new conditions. This requires a reappraisal of our knowledge of plant root systems and new targets. The objective of Roots and the Soil Environment II was to serve as a forum in which a wide range of experts could examine and discuss key issues and strategies relevant for optimising root systems using genetic and crop and soil management approaches. The goal was to encourage an exchange of ideas that would stimulate further relevant research in this area and lead to improved practices on the farm.

With increasing concerns about the adverse environmental effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the need to retain Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition of farmland the European agricultural industry needs to re-evaluate crop nutrional requirements and to develop techniques and practises that are more environmentally acceptable under these new conditions. The aim of this residential conference was provide a forum in which experts on root development and functioning and the soil environment could discuss the many facets of applied biology current performance and future potential of genetic and agronomic strategies to optimize root systems for the sustainable use of water and nutrients in the soil environment.

It will provide scope for cross-fertilisation of scientifi c ideas and interests relating to the following themes. The limitations to plant and crop growth through restrictions on water and nutrient uptake in relation to potential resource availability, as affected by root development, morphology and size. Root functioning, as affected by cellular/molecular physiological processes infl uencing root functioning (rate of uptake per unit length), e.g. membrane ion transporter systems. Effects of root losses on resource capture and growth, as infl uenced by interactions between soil-borne diseases or nematodes and roots. Strategies for manipulating root systems in fi eld crops, including rotations in conventional and organic systems, and application of genomics and plant breeding to develop new plant ideotypes optimising root systems for specifi c environments and end-uses. Advances in technology for measuring root parameters, including in situ to provide opportunities for forwardlooking perspectives on issues relating to applied biology and the uptake of water and nutrients in the soil environment by plants and crops. It will provide scope for cross-fertilisation of scientific ideas and interests relating to the following themes. The limitations to plant and crop growth through restrictions on water and nutrient uptake in relation to potential resource availability, as affected by root development, morphology and size. Root functioning, as affected by cellular/molecular physiological processes infl uencing root functioning (rate of uptake per unit length), e.g. membrane ion transporter systems. Effects of root losses on resource capture and growth, as infl uenced by interactions between soil-borne diseases or nematodes and roots. Strategies for manipulating root systems in fi eld crops, including rotations in conventional and organic systems, and application of genomics and plant breeding to develop new plant ideotypes optimising root systems for specific environments and end-uses. Advances in technology for measuring root parameters, including in situ measurements in nutrient solution and quantitative measurements in the fi eld. Within the context of these themes, the Conference will address the current performance and future potential of genetic and agronomic strategies to optimise root systems for the sustainable use of water and nutrients in the soil environment.

 

2004 220 pp. 

Price £12.00 (AAB Members £6.00)

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