EWRS Working Group Meeting on 'Soil Seed Bank, Germination & Early Growth'

Perugia, Italy, 13th to 15th of June 2023

Registration EXTENDED until 20th May 2023 for the WG meeting from 13th to 15th June 2023

We invite you to the EWRS Working Group meeting on Soil Seed Bank, Germination & Early Growth to be held in Perugia, Italy on 13-15 June 2023. The scope of the working group includes all processes involved during the transition from seeds to seedlings, and from buds (on creeping roots, rhizomes, stolons etc.) to vegetative shoots, in the life cycle of weeds. The scope has recently been expanded to include vegetative means of reproduction. Germination (sprouting) and early growth are important processes of weeds emerging from soil seed banks and from buds on vegetative plant organs, and knowledge of these processes is important for understanding weed population dynamics and may aid in weed control timing and decisions.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together researchers with interest in this topic to exchange and discuss their experiences and findings with other colleagues. You are invited to attend this meeting by sending your registration along with the proposed title, name(s) and address(es) of author(s), and two-page abstract. Please forward this circular to any interested colleagues in your institution/country.

Abstracts could be on topics such as:

  • Weed seed bank dynamics
  • Seed dormancy, germination, seedling emergence and early growth of weeds
  • Reproduction and sprouting dynamics of vegetative structures and buds.

The meeting will include a workshop on modelling seed germination and emergence. The workshop will cover important topics related to the peculiar aspects of statistical modelling of seed germination/emergence (e.g. data type, data manipulation and reformatting, between-group comparisons, censoring), the biological and theoretical underpinnings of germination models in relation to temperature (thermal time), water (hydrotime), combination of water and temperature (hydro-thermal time), and other factors. The workshop will be based on the R statistical environments and will provide both lectures and hands-on experiences in working with germination data analyses and building models. The workshop will be run by Andrea Onofri (University of Perugia, Italy) and Mohsen B. Mesgaran (University of California, Davis, USA) to a maximum of 30 people.

Please download the FIRST CIRCULAR with all information.

PLEASE NOTE: the Iban number for the registration payment has changed, you will find it on the circular and also here: 

MAGENTA EVENTS       IT59G0306903110100000019446

NEW Abstract submission deadline: 15th April 2023

EXTENDED registration deadline: 20th May 2023