2021 Lecture by Prof Jianbo Shen


On 17th November 2021 Professor Jianbo Shen of the China Agricultural University, Beijing, China was the 7th Dundee Root Medal recipient. Over the last 30 years Prof. Shen has worked on understanding the role of root-soil interactions and other nature-based solutions in solving the problems of inefficiencies in fertiliser use.  His medal lecture was titled “Enhancing root and rhizosphere interactions for sustainable cropping” and focused on the ways in which an understanding of root-soil and root-root interactions can be used to reduce inputs in agriculture. The lecture was supported by a range of talks and posters given by scientist from China Agricultural University, Scottish Institutions and beyond. The programme can be downloaded here and the whole event can be seen by following this link. 

2020 (postponed to 2021) Lecture by Prof Doris Vetterlein


On 5th May 2021 Professor Doris Vetterlein of the UFZ Helmoholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Halle, Germany was the 6th Dundee Root Medal recipient. Over the last 30 years Prof. Vetterlein has worked across all disciplines related to the rhizosphere with topics related to soil chemistry, physics and modelling, and more recently soil biology. Her medal lecture was titled “Rhizosphere research - Can we solve the dilemma between detailed knowledge and system understanding?” and focused on the issues of scaling up the various branches of root research from the laboratory to the field and the landscape. The lecture was supported by a range of talks and posters given by scientist from Scottish Institutions and beyond. The program can be downloaded here.

2019 Lecture by Prof Hans Lambers


On 15th May 2019 Prof Hans Lambers gave the fifth Dundee Medal Lecture at the James Hutton Institute. His lecture was entitled “Cluster roots and their functional equivalents: ecological and agronomic significance”. The lecture was supported by a talk given by Prof. Tiina Roose on image-based modelling of plant soil interactions and additional talks and posters by a range of early career scientist from Scottish Institutions.

2018 Lecture by Prof Liam Dolan


On 23 May 2018 Prof Liam Dolan gave the fourth inaugural Dundee Medal Lecture at the James Hutten Institute. His medal-awarded lecture wss entitled "Using fossils and genes to understand the development and evolution of plant rooting systems". During the meeting also a number of junior scientists were able to present their research and interact with experienced scientiest such as Prof Dolan and the organizers of Dundee University. 
The program can be downloaded here.

2017 Lecture by Prof Michelle Watt


On 24 May 2017 Prof Michelle Watt gave the third inaugural Dundee Medal Lecture at the James Hutten Institute. Her lecture was entitled "Dynamic and functional phenotyping for future root-based gains in crop productivity". She was impressed by the invovled young researchs who presented their research during a poster session and with micro presentation. This third Medal Lecture was also featured in one of our quaterly newsletters
The program can be downloaded here.

2016 Lecture by Prof Peter Gregory


The second inaugural Dundee Medal Lecture was given by Prof Peter Gregory on 25 May 2016 and was entitled "Getting to the root of deep rooting and dwarfing: Medal Lecture in plant root research". He stated that "deep-rooting is a desirable property of many cereals, especially in regions of terminal drought. In contrast, the root system of many perennial plants are much less well understood. Recent research has demonstrated the location and interaction of genetic loci underlying root system behaviour in cereals and in apple rootstocks".
The program can be downloaded here.

2015 Lecture by Prof Jonathan Lynch


On 23 April 2015 Prof Jonathan Lynch gave the first Inaugural Dundee Medal Lecture in Root Research which was entitled "Roots of the second green revolution" and reviewed recent progress in developming crops with greater drought and nutrient deficiency tolerance through the selection of superior root phenotypes.
The Program can be downloaded here.