Modifying root morphology to capture nitrogen more efficiently could represent a sustainable solution to maintain crop productivity whilst reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. Our project is to uncover mechanisms of lateral root growth stimulation or repression by nitrate availability in the model species Arabidopsis and parented oilseed rape. The Brussels partner identified candidate genes having a potential to redesign root architecture and further detailed characterization of those genes and isolated plant material is done in collaboration with the Cambridge partner, in particular for advanced confocal microscopy.


  • Christian Hermans, Laboratory of Physiology and Molecular Genetics of Plants, ULB
  • Jim Haseloff, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge