Montpellier International School on ion and water TRAnsport in PLant
July 11-22, 2016
Campus Montpellier SupAgro / INRA, Montpellier, France

We are particularly grateful to the GDRI-IPB France – Japan « Integrative Plant Biology: From genes to biological systems in response to environment », which supports the participation of three Japanese speakers, Prof. Toru Fujiwara, University of Tokyo, Dr. Mitsunori Seo, RIKEN Center, Yokohama, and Dr. Tomoaki Horie, Shinshu University, Nagano, as well as that of three young researchers from Japan. The GDRI-IPB is an international scientific coordination network funded by the CNRS, INRA and CEA with the goal of promoting scientific exchanges and collaborations between leading plant scientists in France and Japan. Briefly, the objectives consist of (i) supporting exchanges and assembly of pioneer researchers, (ii) sharing current knowledge and novel research tools, (iii) favoring international training of young researchers and (iv) increasing bilateral collaborations between the two countries.

Context
In higher plants, autotrophy and biomass production involve assimilation of CO2 from the atmosphere, as well as uptake and transport of mineral nutrients and water from the soil. Gaining fundamental knowledge on the uptake and transport functions is becoming of crucial importance.
Indeed, the agricultural practices developed since the Green Revolution at the beginning of the 1960’s, were based on the combined use of high-yielding genotypes and high inputs (e.g., irrigation water and fertilizers).
Owing to global issues related to the changing environment, these methodologies have to be revised towards the production of more water- and nutrient-efficient genotypes, due to the need for ecological intensification of agro-ecosystems, as well as the global changes we are now facing.
Furthermore, increasing plant retention of beneficial mineral micronutrients, such as Fe, Zn, Mg or Se, while reducing retention of toxic minerals, such as Cd and As, is a major objective to improve the nutritional value of crop-derived food, potentially enhancing human health.

Comité scientifique & pédagogique :
Christian Dubos (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Christophe Lebègue (INRA Montpellier, Formation Permanente)
Antoine Martin (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)
Christophe Maurel (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)
Anna Medici (Montpellier SupAgro, B&PMP)
Hervé Sentenac (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Sabine Zimmermann (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)

Comité d’organisation :
Christian Dubos (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Cécile Fizames (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Candie Lacroce (INRA Montpellier, Formation Permanente)
Christophe Lebègue (INRA Montpellier, Formation Permanente)
Antoine Martin (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)
Anna Medici (Montpellier SupAgro, B&PMP)
Véronique Rafin (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)
Perrine Rudinger (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Hervé Sentenac (INRA Montpellier, B&PMP)
Sabine Zimmermann (CNRS Montpellier, B&PMP)


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