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Dear researcher with an interest in root phenotyping and related enabling disciplines,

On behalf of the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) Root Phenotyping Working Group (RPWG) we would like to invite you to form and become part of the RPWG activities. This working group has been set up and approved by the IPPN and can include researchers from within and outside of IPPN member institutions.

The aim of the RPWG is to drive forward the technical area of root phenotyping. We want to share knowledge, technologies, and become a forum to identify the scientific and technical boundaries of root phenotyping, so that the discipline continues to help meet global agricultural and environmental challenges.

To address the unique challenges of root phenotyping it is paramount that this group is multidisciplinary, made up of plant scientists, soil scientists, computer scientists, modelers, engineers, mathematicians, breeders and agronomists, amongst others. We therefore hope to attract interest from other IPPN working groups, as well as leading root research organisations such as the International Society of Root Research (ISRR).

To ensure that the impact of the RWG is far reaching geographically and technically, please forward to your favourite collaborators working on root phenotyping, especially if they are in a different discipline to you.

The RPWG has an initial core committee which have been working to get the group established: the proposed Chair, Prof. Michelle Watt (Juelich), the proposed Co-Chair, Prof. Malcolm Bennett (Nottingham), and Executive Secretary, Dr.Saoirse Tracy (UCD).

Please reply to this email at your earliest convenience. Our first task is to populate the RWG and webpage on the IPPN website to create the community.

Warm Regards

The IPPN Root Phenotyping Working Group