Professor position open at Radboud University

Professor of Plant Physiology        Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

The Radboud University is looking for a full professor of Plant Physiology. This position will include leading a research group within the broad field of plant-environment interactions, applying, for example, molecular physiology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, metabolomics, plant eco-physiology. Future collaborations within the University and outside groups is welcome. Part of the position will be responsibility for University courses in Bachelor's and Master's programme in Biology and more specilised courses.
More information can be found on the University's website.

Mike Jetten (Radboud University); Josefine Kant, January 2018

Postdoc position advertisement by IRD

Quantitative genomics of root traits in pearl millet        IRD, UMR DIADE, Montpellier, France

Studies of the genetic basis of adaptation have, for a long time, considered mainly above ground phenotype. Genetic basis of root traits and how plants shape their root microbial community only begin to be investigated as adaptive traits. Pearl millet is an important crop for food security especially in the semi-arid areas of the Sahel where other crops tend to fail because of low rainfall and poor soil conditions. We recently characterized the variability of exudation (Ndour et al. 2017) and root growth (Passot et al. 2016) in pearl millet. These results led us to conduct a genetic association studies on a large panel of inbred lines to identify genome regions controlling root growth and exudation. We plan to expand this research in a recently funded ANR project "Root traits for adaptation of pearl millet to future climate in West Africa" that targets root traits in pearl millet to enhance water and nutrient acquisition, production stability in changing climates, and concomitantly to increase global food security. The postdoctoral fellow will be in charge of the research to identify and characterize genes controlling QTLs for root growth and exudation in pearl millet. More information can be found in the  advertisement, contact: Y. Yigouroux, L. Laplaze.

 Yves Yigouroux, Laurent Laplaze, November 2017

Call for Abstracts for the ISRR10 meeting in Israel 2018

The ISRR 10 abstract submissions are now open until 14 Feb 2018. For more information about abstract submission and the entire conference please see the conference website. Similar to the previous meeting in Canberra 2015 (ISRR9), special issues will be published. Plant and Soil and Annals of Botany will publish research papers while the Journal aof Experimental Botany will publish review papers. Presenters wishing to publish a paper in any of the special issues should indicate this in the abstract submission form and prepare to submit the manuscript during the conference!

ISRR10 executive team, Josefine Nestler, July 2017


Job advertisement by University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Southampton

      A Root Biologist with an 80% research and 20% teaching appointment is sought by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and the Center for Plant Science Innovation within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. This will be a nine-month, tenure-leading faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank. Please check the Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln website for more details.  

Daniel Schachtman, May 2017

      We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to work on the mathematical modelling of plant-soil interactions on the project entitled “Real-time in situ sensing of soil nitrogen status to promote enhanced nitrogen use efficiency in agricultural systems” which is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Kindly find more information on the University of Southampton website.

Tiina Roose, May 2017

Travel Grant for IPG 2017

IPPN Root Phenotyping Working Group Travel Grant for Researchers Using Phenotyping at the IPG 2017, 34th Annual Root Biology Symposium in Columbia, Missouri, USA 7-9 June 2017.

The IPPN Root Phenotyping Working Group (RPWG) encourages mobility among researchers and enhances international contacts between research groups. With this sponsorship grant RPWG  supports participation of Early Career Researchers at the IPG 2017, 34th Annual Root Biology Symposium.

Up to four grants of 500 EUR per researcher can be awarded. Application deadline is 1 May 2017.

You are affiliated with a university or a research institution and you are an early career scientist, PhD student, or postdoc who finished their PhD no later than ten years ago.

Please fill in the travel grant application and submit it to Saoirse Tracy. The applications will be evaluated by the RPWG Board.

Saoirse Tracy, Josefine Nestler, April 2017

Open SimRoot now available

OpenSimRoot was publicly announced as open source software under GPL3 at the Root Phenotyping Working Group Satellite Meeting to the IPPN Meeting, Dec 12, 2016. The software origin itself looks back at a history of more then 22 years of root research, since SimRoot started at PennState in the mid 1990th. SimRoot got new functionality over the years and a code re-design at IBG-2 at Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany. This makes it more modular and ready to plug in your own modules and functional structural mini-models. Today we look forward to new collaborations of further developement of OpenSimRoot for example with CPIB at the University of Nottingham.

We now provide executables with our community and like to share code for further collaboration and contribution over GitLab (GitLab Rootmodels). 

OpenSimRoot is a 3D architectural plant model. It simulates the growth of a root system over time in a 3D virtual space and is coupled to a 3D soil model, to compute water and nutrient uptake by the use of functional structural models. OpenSimRoot as a research tool allows us to study the effect of a specific root trait on resource acquisition, so that we can study the importance of a trait under multiple resource constraints (SimRoot).

Christian Kuppe, Johannes Postma, Feb 2017

New Webpage

Welcome to the new homepage of the International Society for Root Research.

Since summer 2016 the new executive secretary, Prof. Dr. Michelle Watt, took over the responsibilty of hosting the ISRR website from Prof. Dr. Peter Gregory, President of the ISRR. The ISRR website has been completely remodelled and can now, as of December 2016, finally be launched through Forschungszentrum Juelich. You may notice that the web address and general organization was conserved with some minor changes in design and tab outlet. We implemented some of the wonderful 'crazy root' pictures from the conference competition at the last ISRR meeting in Canberra, 2015. Another significant change is the inclusion of a 'members' site where all societies' members who did agree to publishing their name on the Membership form are listed. We hope that this will broaden the strength of the society and increase its visibility to the outside and to young researchers around the world.

Our vision for the future of this website includes a more active communication to and between its members. We want the site to become a platform for root researchers around the world to announce new publications, projects, or search for collaborations, projects, and more. For this purpose, we would like to introduce a quarterly newsletter preferably send to the members via email and uploaded to the news section of this new website. All of you are invited to send us things you would like to share with the root community!

Welcome root researchers!

Michelle Watt & team, Jan 2017

Let us know ...

... about news in your research!

New publications or projects?

Upcoming conference or meeting with root sections?

New method or standard you want to share with the community?

Feedback on the new homepage is also welcome.

Essentially we want to set up a regular, probably quaterly newsletter for members of the ISRR from 2017 on. If you would like to share some of the above mentioned news or others please write to us using the new isrr-email address we have created (

We are looking forward to your contributions,

Josefine Nestler, Dec 2016