Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Root Ecology

Date: 03 April 2016 - 08 April 2016
Location: Denmark

In the effort to understand nutrient dynamics in plants and accordingly to improve nutrient uptake and use efficiency in crops, the role of the root system is becoming a new area of interest. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the below-ground world is complex and that various interactions occur between roots and their environment and between roots sharing the same soil volume. Root proliferation and functioning must often be modified to cope with the prevailing conditions in the soil environment such as the avoidance of obstacles and the exploitation of nutrient rich patches or water zones. This post-graduate course focuses on root ecology, how roots grow, function and interact with the surrounding environment. We will discuss differences and similarities between roots in natural ecosystems and roots of agricultural plants and how future research and breeding of agricultural plants can exploit the knowledge obtained from natural systems. Topics dealt with are:

  • Root architecture and foraging
  • Adaptation and plasticity
  • Root strategies and plant life history
  • Root/root interactions

Target GroupThe course is aimed at PhD candidates and other academics
Prior knowledgeBasic knowledge of root ecology is assumed
Course duration5 days
Languate of instructionEnglish
Course FrequencyEvery three years
Intended credits2.5 ECTS
Course organisationThe C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC)
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