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Root Phenotyping Integrated Educational Doctoral Network

Objective

A deeper understanding of the interactions between soils and plants, especially at the root zone, where they take up water
and nutrients may support sustainable intensification of agricultural production. Research is indicating that a greater
understanding of roots and soil functions may lead to increases in crop yields, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from
soils, enhanced productivity in grasslands and reductions in fertilizer requirements to land. However, data gaps remain in our
understanding of how plant roots interact with their environment from a physiological and phenotypic perspective. Plant
Phenotyping has been described as the bottleneck to food security, yet the real bottleneck to plant phenotyping is thought to
be image analysis and processing. The challenge of ensuring food security provides the impetus for ROOTED (Root
Phenotyping Integrated Educational Doctoral Network). ROOTED will apply deep learning and artificial
intelligence to speed up data generation in root phenotyping. Agriculture is increasingly using digital technologies, but
currently 44% of the European workforce do not have these basic skills. This is a severe skills gap that Europe needs to
close urgently to avoid economic downturn. ROOTED will consolidate the complimentary expertise of an international,
interdisciplinary, multisectoral team to train a new generation of creative, resilient, adaptive multi-skilled scientists capable of
innovating the fields of plant and soil sciences to actively contribute to the goal of doubling food production in a sustainable
manner by 2050. Soil health and food is one of the 5 mission areas for Horizon Europe and the findings from ROOTED
would be directly applicable to the EU’s Green deal and a Soil Deal for Europe. ROOTED graduates will have a level of scientific, communication and digital skills mastery that enables them to move straight into employment in agri-food businesses, seed and breeding
companies, advisory and scientific roles.

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
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€ 572 976,00
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Participants (8)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
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€ 260 539,20
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
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Research Organisations
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TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
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€ 238 507,20
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu

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Region
Eesti Eesti Lõuna-Eesti
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
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€ 274 370,40
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 301 788,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
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€ 260 539,20
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

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Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
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Research Organisations
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ORIGIN ENTERPRISES PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
Ireland
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€ 286 488,00
Address
4-6 Riverwalk, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24
D24 DCW0 Dublin

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
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UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
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€ 262 620,00
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve

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Région wallonne Prov. Brabant Wallon Arr. Nivelles
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
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€ 282 693,60
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Partners (6)

NIAB
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
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COMMUNAUTE D' UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE - COMTE
France
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€ 0,00
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32 Avenue De L'observatoire
25000 Besancon

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Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Franche-Comté Doubs
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THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham

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East Midlands (England) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Nottingham
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MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAT HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
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€ 0,00
Address
Universitatsplatz 10
6108 Halle

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING LIMITED
Ireland
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€ 0,00
Address
Belfield Innovation Park Belfield Nova Ucd
2 Dublin

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ireland Northern and Western Border
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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DLF SEEDS AS
Denmark
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€ 0,00
Address
Ny Ostergade 9
4000 Roskilde

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Danmark Sjælland Østsjælland
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