Leading root researchers gathered in Copenhagen

The Deep Frontier project is hosting an international workshop this week and has summoned some of the leading root experts from around the world.

2019.11.27 | Camilla Mathiesen

Anton Wasson, CSIRO, Australia, giving his presentation "Getting more from the core" at the Deep Frontier international workshop.

Researchers from the U.S., Europe, Australia and China are gathered in Copenhagen to discuss how to best use subsoil resources and deep‐rooted crops to produce more food in a sustainable way. The workshop participants also look into the challenges faced when studying deep roots - and learn more about the preliminary results from the Deep Root project, which ends in August 2020. The workshop program includes a visit to the unique research facilities for studying deep roots, that was established within the project at Copenhagen University’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Højbakkegård, Campus Tåstrup.  

Some of the topics discussed at the workshop are how to experimentally investigate deep rooting and associated functioning, which crops and cropping systems that can facilitate deep rooting and their utilization, the potential for water and nutrient uptake by deep rooted crops,  carbon storage in deep soil through deep rooted crops, including amounts, controlling factors and not least, root- and soil microbiology.  Finally, the potential of deep rooted crops for contributing to sustainable development goals and how to quantify this are given attention at the workshop.

Learn more about the Deep Frontier project here.

Agriculture and food