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Drought-tolerant Plants Conference 2015

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The conference is at the crossroad of plant and crop physiology, genetics and breeding. It aims at presenting an accurate view on recent advances in the mechanisms associated with plant response to water deficit, on these mechanisms phenotyping, on their genetic variability and on the modelling of relevant allelic effects on plant behavior under changing climates.

A large space will be dedicated to discussion, with two forums on opportunities and limits of breeding for drought tolerance, and the link between upstream disciplines and breeding.  This will foster dialogue between academic and private sector, young scientist and senior breeders, initiatives from the Northern regions where the impact of climate change is becoming visible and the developing countries that already face drought-prone conditions.

This conference is jointly organized by the DROPS (FP7 EU project) and the sections Cereals, maize and sorghum of Eucarpia. It will present results obtained in the project DROPS and in related projects.

This conference will be twined to the 23th Eucarpia Maize and Sorghum conference on "Genomics and phenomics for model-based maize and sorghum breeding", to be held at the same venue, June 10 and 11.

Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory, associated with a questionnaire on attendee’s expertise, current activity and main interests. Applications from Mediterranean, African, Asian and South American participants are highly encouraged.

Claude Welcker (INRA-France) Conference Chair,
Roberto Tuberosa (UNIBO-Italy) Conference Vice- chair
François Tardieu (INRA, France) Coordinator of EU-DROPS project and President of the international scientific committee of the conference. 


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Drought Conference program

The final version of the program
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Financial aid

The application deadline will be April 20th, 2015.
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New invited speakers

participation of new invited speakers
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Abstracts and registrations submission

Submission period is extended until April 24th
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A joint conference DROPS - EUCARPIA

Recent progress in drought tolerance: from genetics to modelling

June 8 & 9, 2015

Le Corum – Montpellier - France

Confirmed Speakers:
  • E. Fereres (Universidad de Cordoba, Spain)
  • F. Tardieu  (INRA, France)
  • R. Tuberosa  (Università di Bologna, Italy)
  • G. Hammer  (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
  • J. M. Ribaut (GCP, Mexico)
  • X Draye (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • CH. Messina (Pioneer, USA)
  • W.J. Davies (Lancaster, England)
  • A. Murigneux (Limagrain, France)
  • M. Cooper (Pioneer, USA)
  • Y. Gibon (INRA, France)
  • F. van Eeuwijk (Wageningen Universiteit, Netherlands)
  • D. Fleury (ACPFG, Australia)
  • B. Parent (INRA, France)

  Oral presentations and posters must be submitted via this website only


DROPS is financially supported by the European Commission under FP7 framework programme (Grant Agreement N° 244374)



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