Newsletter April 2017

Dear Members of the International Society of Root Research,


We would like to welcome you to our second ISRR newsletter, designed to stimulate global communication and advancement of plant root science and inform you about ongoing activities within the root research community and the ISRR. Feel free to share this newsletter with others, ISRR member or not.


Feature article by the President Peter Gregory about next year’s ISRR10:

Peter Gregory, president of the ISRR, has visited the site and organizing committee of the next ISRR meeting recently and here are his impressions:

I have just returned from a visit to Israel with the team that is organising our next conference. The preparations are in excellent hands with all of the venues chosen and most of the invited speakers already agreed. It’s going to be a week to remember with stimulating presentations and opportunities to visit sites of active root research and historical importance.

The main venue will be the Yearim Hotel located in the attractive Jerusalem Hills about 30 minutes by car from the city. The hotel is well-practised at hosting scientific meetings and has all the facilities required for plenary and concurrent sessions as well as a sizeable lobby for poster presentations.

On the fourth day of the conference we shall be going on tours. In the morning, there is a choice of five tours to see aspects of root research underway in Israel. I had the opportunity to visit research at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; I’m sure that you’ll be impressed whichever tour you choose to go on.  In the afternoon, we shall be visiting some of the historical sites in Jerusalem, and in the evening we shall eat together in a magnificent hall with wonderful views of the city walls and Jaffa Gate (see photos).

So, please put the dates in your diary and prepare for another memorable ISRR conference with our Israeli hosts. More details are available on the conference website and the call for abstracts and for pre-registration will be appearing during June.

Peter Gregory


The ISRR community is expanding:

Since the last newsletter, the ISRR has reached a size of 392 members residing in 57 different countries. As suggested, we have added the residence country for our members on to the members tab of the website.


Feature publication:

Recently, a RNA sequencing paper was published presenting the transcriptome of maize root hairs and highlighting the tremendous differences to the accustomed model plant Arabidopsis.


Some interesting meetings upcoming in the next months:

  • Rooting 2017 in Umea, Sweden from 29 May - 1 June 2017
  • IPG 2017 in Missouri, USA from 7-9 June 2017  
  • 3rd global summit on Plant Science in Rome, Italy from 7-9 Aug 2017



For the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG 2017) Root biology meeting in Missouri a Travel grant from the Root Phenotyping Working Group of the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) is available for students or early-career postdocs, application until beginning of May. Application forms can be send to Saoirse Tracy (email).

On May 18th the forth Fascination of plants day will be celebrated all around the world. Check the website to find out about interesting events close to you or add your own activities.


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Kind regards,

Dr. Josefine Nestler and Prof. Michelle Watt,

on behalf of the ISRR President Prof. Peter Gregory and the ISRR Executive