In England I visited several collaborators I have been working with over the past years. At Nottingham University I met with the root research group and discussed possible options to further deepen joint research efforts on basic question of root development and nutrient uptake. Of particular interest is their expertise in questions of hormone-mediated lateral root development. At Rothamsted Research I was shown the famous long-term experiments and we explored option to collaborate on research related to Pup1 and PSTOL1, which they work on in the context of wheat and maize. At Southampton University I met with the modeling team and we revived some research begun two years ago as part of a joint BBSRC project. We developed a strategy how to complete this modeling work on nutrient uptake of rice, incorporating some of the new data we generated in the past year. Finally we discussed options for new joint projects between the Cranfield University (soil chemistry), Southampton University (modeling) and JIRCAS partners, as our last successful project finished in 2016.