The opening with the keynote  lecture of Prof. Malcolm Bennett of the University of Nottingham titled ‘Uncovering the hidden half of plants using new advances in root phenotyping’. Prof. Bennett is not only a well-known authority on the (molecular) biology of root development; he is also leading efforts to non-invasively image root responses using advanced phenotyping methods.


The second part with reflections of the discussions and the lecture, titled ‘Underground plant traits: many mysteries to be solved’, presented by dr Eric Visser (Radboud University Nijmegen). Dr Visser is associate professor of Experimental Plant Ecology and is intrigued by plant roots, particularly the interplay between a root system and its environment and the plasticity with which plant roots can respond to changes in the environment.



  • 12:00 - 13:15   Welcome and interactive keynote Prof. Malcolm Bennet
    "Uncovering the hidden half of plants using new advances in root phenotyping"
  • 13:15 - 13:30   Coffeebreak and change to networklunch table
  • 13:30 - 14:00   Virtual network lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00   Interactive keynote Dr. Eric Visser
    "Underground plant traits: many mysteries to be solved"
  • 15:00 - 15:30   Virtual network break



9th International Symposium on Root Development


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