Managing the Rhizosphere to Alleviate Food Poverty: Mobilising Soil Nutrients
|UK Coordinator||Professor Paul Withers, Bangor University|
|Brazil Coordinator||Professor Elke Cardoso, ESALQ/USP|
|UK mentors||Professor Davey Jones, Bangor University
Dr Tim George, James Hutton Institute
|Brazil mentors||Professor Paulo Pavinato, ESALQ/USP
Professor Fernando Andreoti, ESALQ/USP
Applications are invited from cross-discipline young scientists in the UK to attend and participate in a small joint Brazil-UK workshop on rhizosphere science that will be held at ESALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil from 6-8 June 2016.
Overview of Workshop
Maximising crop production and alleviating food poverty is a major 21st century global challenge for emerging countries such as Brazil. Optimising the efficiency of crop nutrient supply and reducing dependence on expensive inorganic fertilizers are key goals towards developing a more sustainable agriculture that will benefit poorer communities. The workshop will explore the potential for agro-engineering of the soil rhizosphere to meet these goals through adaptations of soil-crop-microbial interactions. The purpose of the workshop is to develop a co-operative research framework for Brazil and UK young scientists to come together to forge new understanding and capacity building in rhizosphere science to support sustainable and profitable food production, product innovation and poverty alleviation. The workshop will also provide opportunity to interface with industry and policy stakeholders in Brazil.
The workshop is funded by the Newton Fund-British Council and FAPESP. We are looking for young scientists from a wide range of relevant science disciplines that have an interest in developing future collaborative research proposals with their counterparts in Brazil and/or in the UK. To be eligible scientists must not have held their PhD for longer than 10 years and they will be expected to make an oral/poster contribution on their respective research areas. Successful candidates will be reimbursed their travel and subsistence costs. Places are limited.
Applications are closed.