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Danish Cereal Network - 2024 Meeting

Novel plant breeding targets for the green transition: 

- Biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) as a nature-based solution for mitigating N2O emissions

The 2024 Meeting is organized in collaboration with the Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BioNI) project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and in collaboration with DanSeed / DanSeed symposium 2024. The two meetings take place on 27 and 28 February 2024 at Kobæk Strand Konferencecenter, Skælskør, Denmark https://kobaek-strand.dk/

Registration for both meetings is done by pressing the registration button in the right-hand menu. You can mix your attendance as you please.

The Danish Cereal Network

The Cereal Network (Cerealienetværket) is an informal network within the cereal sector, embracing research, breeding, production, processing, industry and trade. The network aims at improving quality and sustainability throughout the entire value chain of cereal grain production. The network bring together researchers, breeders, producers of cereal-based products, food and feed enzymes and suppliers within Danish cereal production for an annual meeting.

The 2024 Meeting will take place on Thuesday February 27 at Kobæk Strand Konferencecenter, Kobækvej 85, DK-4230 Skælskør, http://kobaek-strand.dk. The meeting is co-organized with the DanSeed Symposium 2024 on Wednesday 28 March. A joint dinner and an evening program of shared interest giving short updates on the seed and cereal legislation and commerce (in Danish) link the two meetings.

The theme of the 2024 meeting is Genetics and and Biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) focusing on the capacity of wheat. 

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a serious greenhouse gas, 300x more potent than CO2. Nitrous oxide is emitted for agricultural soils when nitrogen fertilizers are converted by microbial processes in the soil. This occurs when ammonium (NH4+) is nitrified to nitrite (NO2-) and nitrate (NO3-), and when these products in turn are denitrified to the gasses, free nitrogen (N2), nitric oxide (NO) and nitrous oxide. While the three gasses are lost to the atmosphere, nitrate binds poorly to soil particles and may leach to the surrounding environment.

Some species and genotypes of plants can exude compound from their roots to inhibit the first nitrification step in this microbial turn-over of soil nitrogen. This biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) capacity improves the plant uptake of nitrogen and minimize nitrous oxide release.

This is also the case for wheat.

The meeting is open for everybody - please registry at https://events.au.dk/danseedsymposium2024/signup

Tuesday 27 February:

11:30 - 12:00 - Registration 

12:00 - 13.00 - Lunch

13:00 - 14.45 - Session 1

Moderator: Johannes Ravn Jørgensen, Aarhus University


Kristian Kofoed Brandt, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen and Novo Nordisk Foundation


The importance of agricultural N2O emissions, the needs for nitrification inhibition in farmland soils and ways to do it at the farm scale (BNI, NNI and SNI)
Andreas Brændholt, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen


Political agenda, practical experience, and emission goals for Danish plant production
Jens Elbæk, SEGES


An introduction to applied BNI research (“The race is on”)
Kristian Koefoed Brandt, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen

14:25 - 14:45 - Coffee break

14:45 - 15.45 - Session 2

Moderator: Kristian Kofoed Brandt, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen

14:45 - 15:05

Diversity of nitrifying microorganisms and rhizosphere scale BNI 
Cecile Gubry-Rangin, professor, University of Aberdeen 


Diversity of BNI active compounds and their chemical identification
Inge Fomsgaard, professor, Aarhus University


Identification of genetic BNI determinants (wheat; multiple species)
Hans Thordal-Christensen, professor, University of Copenhagen

15:45-16:05 - Coffee break

16:05-17.10 - Session 3

Moderator: Kristian Kofoed Brandt, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen


Development and validation of a BNI screening platform: High-throughput cultivation and root exudate collection from wheat lines
Kenneth Madriz-Ordeñana, University of Copenhagen


Development and validation of a BNI screening platform: Tiered, high-throughput approach for screening of root exudates
Jasmeet Kaur Bhambra, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen


BNI potential in wheat
Janus Asbjørn Schatz-Jakobsen, Project manager, Sejet Plant Breeding


Perspectives on future BNI research and breeding activities
Novo Nordisk Foundation

17:10-17:30 - Discussion and closing remarks

Chaired by Kristian Kofoed Brandt, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen


The event is followed by the Danseed meeting (seperate registration is required)

18:00 - approx. 21:00 - Dinner followed by an evening programme

For details about the evening programme and DanSeed Symposium 2024, please visit DanSeed.dk.