DROPS (http://www.dropsproject.eu/) is a European FP7 project which aims at developing methods and strategies for genetic yield improvement under dry environments and for enhanced plant water-use efficiency. DROPS, started on July 2010 with a 6M€ European contribution is finishing in 2015.
The conference organised by the project is at the crossroads of plant and crop physiology, genetics and breeding. It aims at presenting an accurate view on recent advances in the mechanisms associated with plant response to water deficit, on the phenotyping of these mechanisms, on their genetic variability and on the modelling of relevant allelic effects on plant behavior under changing climates. A large space will be dedicated to discussion, with two forums on opportunities and limits of breeding for drought tolerance, and the link between upstream disciplines and breeding. This will foster dialogue between academic and private sector, young scientist and senior breeders, initiatives from the Northern regions where the impact of climate change is becoming visible and the developing countries that already face drought-prone conditions.
Further details about the program, registration, abstract submission are available at the conference website https://colloque.inra.fr/drought-tolerant_plants_2015
Organizing committee : Claude Welcker (INRA, France), Roberto Tuberosa (UNIBO, Italy) and François Tardieu (INRA, France)
On behalf of EUCARPIA and the scientific committees