The 14th Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (14th ISRFG)参加、共同研究計画会議（ユーリヒ総合研究機構およびボン大学）
Organizers of the 14th Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (14th ISRFG, Montpellier 26 - 29 September 2016) invited me to give a keynote presentation in the session on “Rice interaction with its abiotic environment”. The title of my presentation was “Exploring genetic diversity for nutrient efficiency traits through GWAS and 3K allele mining”. After the symposium I visited CIRAD and met with a team of researchers starting a new project Madagascar. We discussed possible collaborations. I furthermore met with CIRAD staff involved in breeding aspects of GRiSP/RICE and was updated on recent developments within the RICE framework.
In Germany I visited the Forschungszentrum (FZ) Juelich which hosts a group on Plant Science and Root Research at their Institute for Bio and Geo Sciences. I was asked to give a seminar for the Plant Science group. FZ Juelich currently leads the German Plant Phenotyping network which specialized in high-throughput phenotyping, as well as in-depth phenotyping. I was able to inspect their phenotyping facilities, which include a high-throughput rhizotron allowing for the fully automated growth and root imaging of currently 80 individual rhizotrons, which will be updated to a full 1000 rhizotrons in 2018. Another unique feature in Juelich is the NMR that allows for in-situ imaging of root development.