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Roots have always remained the least explored components of the plants. The root-soil interface is the important site where most of the interaction between the plant and its environment takes place. Plant roots serve a multitude of functions of importance for not only the plants by themselves, but also for the ecosystem as a whole.

The first symposium of the ISRR on “Root ecology and its practical application” took place in Austria in 1982 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Lore Kutchera and her scientific group. During the last three decades six different ISRR-symposia have brought together root scientists from different scientific disciplines and nationalities. These symposia have contributed significantly to our understanding of various aspects of the root function of importance for our understanding of the entire plant.

A root scientist is often working in a very narrow field, unaware of what is going on in other areas, even at his own location or university. The aim of the present 7th symposium of International Society of Root Research (ISRR) on “Root research and application” is to approach the complexity of the root research through a co-ordinated teamwork between multidisciplinary specialists, in order to support the application of the recent findings into practice and to figure out future research priorities.

Topics & Program

Major Topics

Root growth, anatomy and morphology
Root uptake, use efficiency and competition
Rhizosphere and soil organisms
Allocation and partitioning in roots, contributions to soil C sequestration
Climate change and environmental stresses
Root – Soil Interactions: modelling concepts
Methods for root observation and measurement


Final Program





Excursion to Rax/Schneeberg

Rax and Schneeberg are two mountains in the south of Vienna (90km). This water catchment in a karst region is very important for the water supply of Vienna. The excursion will take you to the top of one of these mountains and there will also be an unearthing of roots.

Please take notice of the given links:   (Sorry – the information is only in German, but the pictures are worth a view)

The excursion will last the whole day. A more detailed program will follow.

Up to now the arrival time back in Vienna will be between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

We are sorry, but the excursion is booked up.

Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended (1800m, alpine landscape)!

Program for Conference Excursion on Sat, 5 September 2009



Exhibition during the Symposium:

Part of the exhibition during our last Symposium SoPhyWa

The following companies present their products and services:

(alphabetical order)


CID Bio-Science




Symposium Topics – Keynotes – Keynote Speakers

  • Opening Key Speech

Hans Persson, Professor in Root Ecology, Department of Ecology, Box 7072, S- 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden

  • 1. Root growth, anatomy and morphology:

Peter Barlow, Dr., Senior Research Fellow, School of Biological

Sciences,University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG, UK

  • 2. Root uptake, use efficiency and competition:

Yoav Waisel, Prof., Dept. of Plant Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 3. Rhizosphere and soil organisms:

Roger Finlay, Prof., Uppsala BioCenter, Dept. Forest Mycology & Pathology SLU, Box 7026, SE-750 07, Uppsala, Sweden,

  • 4. Allocation and partitioning in roots, contributions to soil C sequestration:

Helja-Sisko Helmisaari, Dr., Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa Research Centre, P.O. Box 18, FIN-01301 Vantaa, Finland

  • 5. Climate change and environmental stresses:

Douglas Godbold, Prof. School of the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wales, Bangor

  • 6. Root – soil interactions: modelling concepts:

Tiina Roose, Institute of Mathematics, Oxford University

  • 7. Methods for root observation and measurement:

Peter Gregory, Prof., SCRI, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scientific Committee:

P. Barlow, UK G. Karrer, Austria
A. Bohner, Austria H-P. Kaul, Austria
D. Chiatante, Italy S. Klepsch, Austria
L. Finer, Finland B. Klug, Austria
J. Friedel, Austria S. Morita, Japan
D. Godbold, UK H. Persson, Sweden
G. Gratzer, Austria A. Schnepf, Austria
P. Gregory, UK S. Steinkellner, Austria
H-S. Helmisaari, Finland K. Vogt, USA
M. Himmelbauer, Austria H. Vierheilig, Spain
R. Jandl, Austria Y. Waisel, Israel



Our Sponsors for this event

The following companies and organisations have been so kind to sponsor this event (alphabetical order):