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Interdrought VI Conference

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Addressing the challenges of food production
in a water-stressed world

Interdrought 2020 is the sixth international congress (IDVI) of the Interdrought series that seeks to find solutions to increase agricultural and water productivity in a hotter and drier world.

Welcome to Interdrought 2020 (IDVI)

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the digital platform for the sixth Interdrought Congress (IDVI), which facilitates the development of concepts, methods and technologies associated with plant production in water-limited environments. Droughts affect crop production across the world. A central challenge for researchers and policymakers is to devise technologies that lend greater resilience to agricultural production under this particular environmental stress. This congress addresses the latest developments relevant to this global challenge.
As it was not possible to proceed with the IDVI Congress as a face-to-face meeting in Mexico City in March 2020 due to travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the organising committee has developed this digital platform to deliver the scientific program to registrants and other interested parties. The presentations deliver the state of the science on this topic. We hope you find them informative and useful. We thank the sponsors of IDVI for maintaining their support for this process.
IDVI builds on the successful series of Interdrought congresses in Montpellier 1995, Rome 2005, Shanghai 2009, Perth 2013, Hyderabad, 2017. IDVI embraces the philosophy of presenting and integrating results of both applied and basic research towards the development of solutions for improving crop production under drought-prone conditions.

Since the yearly face-to-face meeting had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the IDVI organizers, CIMMYT and University of Queensland, decided to launch this website and provide access to conference proceedings to all.

Director General of CIMMYT, Dr Martin Kropff, discusses the importance of working toward a wide range of solutions that improve agricultural production under heat and drought and other environmental stresses. Watch his welcome video, access the rich contents of the congress website and join the development of drought solutions for agriculture.

Major Sponsors


Each session has internationally recognised keynote speakers and they are supported by 9 symposia convened by global experts on topics related to these sessions.

We hope that you enjoy the comprehensive scientific program presented. All presentations can be accessed via the links through the session and symposia programs.

In addition, it is our pleasure to announce that as a consequence of our inability to have a face-to-face meeting of this research community for IDVI in Mexico, Interdrought VII will be advanced by one year for conduct in Dakar, Senegal in November 2022. A message from the IDVII team is included HERE.

Graeme Hammer and Mark Cooper
IDVI Congress Chair and Deputy Chair on behalf of IDVI organising and program committees  


Session 1: Global Perspective on Water, Crops, Drought

Keynote Speaker: David Lobell – Stanford University, USA

Topic: ID 1262 – Is the importance of water-limited environments to global food security growing?

Session 2: Optimising dryland crop production – crop design

Keynote Speaker: Amelia Henry – IRRI, The Philippines

Topic: ID 1239 – Drought screening of rice diversity panels and the bridge to breeding

Keynote Speaker: Charlie Messina – Corteva Agriscience, USA

Topic: Predictive breeding and agronomy enables design for crop success

Symposia for Sessions 1 and 2

Envirotyping and G*M*E approaches to drought adaptation

Convenor – Karine Chenu (Univ Qld, Australia)

Understanding crop environments to adapt management practices and assist breeding
Karine Chenu (University of Queensland, Australia)
Abstract ID no
Characterizing abiotic stresses to assist cultivar evaluation and agronomic recommendations
Jean-Charles Deswartes (Arvalis, France)
Abstract ID 1265
Dissecting G×E and QTL×E of maize yield in contrasting scenarios of light, heat and water deficit
Emilie Millet (Wageningen Plant Research, The Netherlands)
Abstract ID no
Optimizing genotype x agronomic management interaction to enhance water productivity in wheat
Mina Devkota (ICARDA, Morocco)
Abstract ID 1259
Drought-induced nitrogen deficit amplifies the effect of water stress
Ignacio Ciampitti (Kansas State Univ., USA)
Abstract ID 1324

Designing crops for heat and drought adaptation

Convenors – Krishna Jagadish and Ignacio Ciampitti (Kansas State Univ, USA)

Drought adaptation: Insights from species comparison among C4 cereals
Vincent Vadez (IRD, Montpellier, France)
Abstract ID 1242
Combining eco-physiology, phenomics and crop modelling to enhance daytime and nighttime water-saving in cereal crops
Walid Sadok (Univ of Minnesota, USA)
Abstract ID 1048
Comparative assessment of heat stress responses in field crops
Krishna Jagadish (Kansas State Univ, USA)
Higher sowing density of sorghum and pearl millet saves water and increases crop productivity in the semi-arid tropics
Raphaël Pilloni (ICRISAT, India)
Abstract ID 1206
Comparison of traits relevant to drought resistance of NERICA, Asian rice and African rice and differences in effects of potash and phosphorus fertilizer.
Michihiko Fujii (Shizuoka University, Japan)
Abstract ID 1278

Phenotyping for drought-related traits

Convenor – Scott Chapman (Univ Qld, Australia)

Statistical and dynamical modelling across scales to improve precision, accuracy and utility of phenotyping
Scott Chapman (Univ Qld, Australia)
Field phenotyping tools for drought
Katia Beauchêne (Arvalis, France)
Abstract ID 1291
Combined studies of advanced high-throughput phenotyping and association mapping reveal the genetic architecture of maize drought tolerance
Minqui Dai ( Cornell Univ, USA)
Abstract ID 1129
Field high-throughput screening of natural genetic variation in photosynthetic traits in durum wheat
Nicolas Zendonadi (Juelich, Germany)
Abstract ID 1264
Quantifying drought tolerant crop traits using sensing technologies to enhance selection in sorghum breeding
Andries Potgieter (Univ. Qld., Australia)
Abstract ID 1164

Session 3: Plant productivity under drought: Water capture, transpiration, and transpiration efficiency

Keynote Speaker: Guillaume Lobet – Research Center Juelich and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Germany/Belgium

Topic: ID 1248 – How can we use computational models to extend our understanding of water relations in plants

Keynote Speaker: Julian Schroeder – University of California, San Diego, USA

Topic: How plants sense the continuing CO2 increase to narrow stomatal pores and regulate water loss

Session 4 : Plant productivity under drought: Vegetative and reproductive growth

Keynote Speaker: Maria Otegui – University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Topic: ID 1258 – Maize grain yield in contrasting production systems of Argentina: drought occurrence and kernel number determination

Keynote Speaker: Francois Tardieu – INRA, Montpellier, France

Topic: Genetic analysis of yield in drought-prone areas with a scenario-dependent probabilistic approach

Symposia for Sessions 3 and 4

Physiological traits for drought adaptation

Convenor – Matthew Reynolds, Jill Cairns (CIMMYT, Mexico & Zimbabwe)

Trait targets of the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC)
Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT, Mexico)
Abstract ID 1143
Genotype variation in whole-plant transpiration efficiency in sorghum only partly aligns with variation in stomatal conductance.
Erik van Oosterom (University of Queensland, Australia)
Abstract ID 1013
Staying green: Changing how crops use water
Andrew Borrell (Univ. Qld, Australia)
Abstract ID 1038
Tapping large genetic variation in water use, grain yield related traits in the sorghum minicore collection
Murugesan Tharanya (ICRISAT, India)
Abstract ID 1252

Enhancing crop water use efficiency

Convenors – Andrew Leakey (Univ Illinois, USA)

Legume crop design for higher water use efficiency: a special case or cause for concern?
Caspar Chater (University of Sheffield, UK)
Abstract ID 1195
Combining real time transpiration phenotyping to omics: the key to mine biodiversity for water use efficiency?
Sebastien Carpentier (Bioversity, Belgium)
Abstract ID 1097

Root system architecture for drought adaptation

Convenor – Roberto Tuberosa (Univ. Bologna, Italy)

Uncovering new mechanisms regulating root architectural responses to water deficit
Malcolm Bennett (Univ Nottingham, UK)
Unraveling dynamic belowground phenotypes of crop plants
Josefine Kant (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany)
Abstract ID 1295
Transcriptomic approaches to uncover the molecular mechanisms of maize nodal root growth
Shannon King (Univ. Missouri, USA)
Abstract ID 1118

Posters for Sessions 1 to 4

Global Drought-Induced Crop Losses During 1983-2009
Wonsik Kim
Abstract ID 1182
Emerging effects of root hairs and soil properties on transpiration and leaf water potential under soil drying and increasing VPD
Tina Koehler et al
Abstract ID 1138
Genetic Dissection of Root Architecture in Ethiopian Sorghum (S.bicolor, Moench) Germplasm
Kassahun Bantte et al
Abstract ID 1190
Understanding mitigation of drought damage to rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) from sprays of film antitranspirants at different dose rates
Jie Xiang
Abstract ID 1225
Plant hydraulic mechanisms underlie greater productivity under drought in grain crops
Louise Comas et al
Abstract ID 1233
Representing systemic and novel approach to assess drought adaptation in region specific peanut and to accelerate crop improvement program
Seltene Abady et al
Abstract ID 1236
Genetic variation in screening upper mid-south soybean lines for a drought tolerant trait: The limited transpiration rate (TRlim)
Avat Shekoofa et al
Abstract ID 1247
Root water uptake profiles in response to increasing soil water gradients
Dagmar van Dusschoten et al
Abstract ID 1281
Comparative yield physiology of spring and winter wheat in a semiarid Mediterranean environment
David Cann
Abstract ID 1203
Using UAV Measurements to Phenotype Drought and Heat Stress in Wheat
Karolin Kunz et al
Abstract ID 1207
A rapid and non-destructive method to modify root architecture in crops
Charlotte Rambla et al
Abstract ID 1287
A micro-UAV-based prototype for high resolution phenotyping under hydrocarbon-induced plant stress
María Dolores Guevara-Espinosa et al
Abstract ID 1319
Traits measured in a phenotyping platform account differentially for the genetic variability of yield under heat and drought scenarios
Claude Welcker et al
Abstract ID 1301
Drought and heat stress precision platform for wheat phenotyping
Carolina Saint Pierre et al
Abstract ID 1313

Session 5 – Breeding for water-limited environments

Keynote Speaker: Marianne Banziger – CIMMYT, Mexico

Topic: ID 1328 – Breeding for drought tolerance – what we have (not) learnt?

Keynote Speaker: Ruilian Jing – CAAS, Beijing, China

Topic: ID 1193 – Discovering favourable gene resources for improving drought tolerance of wheat

Session 6 – Managing cropping systems for adaptation to water-limited environments

Keynote Speaker: James Hunt – Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Topic: ID 1331 – Transformational agronomy: exploiting synergies in management x genotype interactions to increase water productivity in grain cropping systems

Keynote Speaker: Jana Kholova a – ICRISAT, India

Topic: ID no?? – Cross-disciplinary efforts to support crop improvement in complex SAT environmentss

Symposia for Sessions 5 and 6

Breeding for adaptation in water-limited environments

Convenor – Gary Atlin (BMGF, Seattle, USA)

Managed-Environments: Taking aim at the Target Population of Environments
Mark Cooper (Univ Qld, Australia)
Abstract ID 1307
Wheat breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses tolerance at ICARDA targeting CWANA and SSA regions
Wuletaw Tadesse (ICARDA, Morocco)
Abstract ID 1192

Transgenic approaches to drought adaptation

Convenors – Jeff Haben (Corteva, USA)

A novel transgenic approach using a maize gene to improve yield in maize
Jeff Haben (Corteva, USA)
Abstract ID 1268
HB4, a climate-resilient trait for soybean and wheat
Geronimo Watson (BioCeres, Argentina)
Abstract ID no
Interactions between stomatal and mesophyll function in wheat with reduced stomatal density
Jennifer C. Quebedeaux (Illinois, USA)
Abstract ID 1294

Crop design for drought adaptation

Convenor – Vincent Vadez (IRD, France

Designing sorghum cultivars to fit a water-constrained context and optimize return from a sorghum value-chain
Vincent Vadez (IRD, France)
Abstract ID 1241
Genetic diversity of plant responses to environmental constraints for current and future E x M scenarios
Boris Parent (INRA, Montpellier, France)
Abstract ID no
ASALEE, a conception tool for farmer crop rotation concerning water quantity availability
Sophie Gendre (Arvalis, France)
Abstract ID 1208

Posters for sessions 5 and 6

Genomic Basis of Climatic Adaptation in Sorghum Landraces of Ethiopia
Temesgen Menamo et al
Abstract ID 1067
Genome-wide association studies for plant production traits under drought in Ethiopian Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. [Moench]) landraces
Zeleke Wondimu et al
Abstract ID 1073
Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for Drought Tolerance in Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] Using Three Connected F2:3 Mapping Populations
Techale Birhan Mekonnen et al
Abstract ID 1076
Increasing root biomass production in European winter wheat for improved drought-stress tolerance
Stjepan Vukasovic
Abstract ID 1104
Effect of Trait Heritability, Training Population Size and Marker Density on Genomic Prediction Accuracy Estimation in 22 bi-parental Tropical Maize Populations
Ao Zhang et al
Abstract ID 1146
Marker-Assisted Selection for Drought Tolerance in Wheat
Pushpendra Kumar Gupta et al
Abstract ID 1165
Selection of drought tolerance lines for water limited environment in maize
Jungheon Han et al
Abstract ID 1238
Ratio of kernel Δ13C/δ18O improves the selection potential of bread wheat for increased grain yield under different water regimes: A physiological perspective for direct application in wheat breeding
Jatinder Singh Sangha et al
Abstract ID 1253
Multi-environment genome prediction of winter bread wheat in response to French drought stress
Delphine Hourcade
Abstract ID 1254
The role of cis-regulatory variation in adaptive drought responses in chickpea
Susan M. Moenga et al
Abstract ID 1271
Did a common genetic gain across environmental scenarios increase drought tolerance of hybrid maize (1950-2015)?
Nadir Abusamra Spencer et al
Abstract ID 1300
A transcriptomics approach to discern molecular differences in distant durum varieties that have been commercially grown in Canada
Paula Ashe et al
Abstract ID 1312
Conservation agriculture increases maize production in the dry regions of Mexico
Simon Fonteyne et al
Abstract ID 1017
Long-term evaluation of tillage methods in fallow season for soil water storage, wheat yield and water use efficiency in semiarid southeast of the Loess Plateau
Min Sun et al
Abstract ID 1191
Progress on water saving and high efficiency cropping system in mountainous area of Southwest China
Zhang Xiong et al
Abstract ID 1214
Effects of mycorrhizal inoculation on drought tolerance of African rice (Oryza glaberrima)
Alexandre Grondin et al
Abstract ID 1224
Savings of irrigation water and N fertilizer inputs for direct seeded rice in dry and wet seasons during El Niño period in Central Colombia
Akihiko Kamoshita et al
Abstract ID 1249
Agroecological characterization of drought-prone rice production in non-system tanks of South India
Akihiko Kamoshita et al
Abstract ID 1250
Results from farmers’ fields: technologies developed to improve maize productivity
Nele Verhulst et al
Abstract ID 1266
Physiological basis of genotypic response to management in dryland wheat
Amanda Silva et al
Abstract ID 1306
Climate resilient Cropping systems for water-limited environments in an acidic Inceptisols of Assam, India
Pallab Kumar Sarma et al
Abstract ID 1321

Session 7 – Future perspectives

Keynote Speaker: Renee Lafitte – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA

Topic: ID 1326 – Global strategies for crop research in water-limited environments

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International Program Committee

Graeme Hammer, Conference Chair, University
of Queensland, Australia
Mark Cooper, Conference Deputy Chair,
University of Queensland, Australia
Maria Otegui, University Buenos Aires,
Ruilian Jing, CAAS, China
Francois Tardieu, INRA, France

Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, India
Matthew Reynolds, CIMMYT, Mexico
Amelia Henry, IRRI, Philippines
Adam Price, University of Aberdeen, UK
Renee Lafitte, Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, USA
Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna,Italy

Organizing Committee

University of Queensland, Australia
Graeme Hammer, Conference Chair
Mark Cooper, Conference Deputy Chair

From CIMMYT Mexico
Aura Salinas: General Logistics
Barbara Maldonado: General Logistics
Geneviève Renard: Communications
Clyde Beaver: Communications

Marianne Bänziger: Overall Coordination
Hans-Joachim Braun: Overall Coordination
Matthew Reynolds: Field Day Program
Richard Fulss: Audio and Visual Equipment
Ricardo López: Digital Resources Platform
Roberto Rocha: Budget Oversight and
Rosalba Delgado: Field Day Logistics
Christal Gutiérrez: Legal