Scientists in Costa Adeje: ENFC 2014

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Over 300 scientists from all over the world are attending the conference

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga opened the 11th ENFC, in the Hotel Dream Gran Tacande, Costa Adeje on Sunday September 7th. The mayor was joined at the top table by Jose Palacios from the University of Madrid, Rodrigo Trujillo González University of La Laguna vice rector for investigation and internationalisation, and Cabildo councillor for agriculture, farms and fisheries, José Joaquín Bethencourt.
This 11th biannual European Nitrogen Fixation Conference is taking place over three days with over 300 participants from the scientific world, who have come together to discuss the latest scientific news on nitrogen fixation and the molecular interaction between plants and symbiotic microorganisms.
Biological Nitrogen Fixation has enormous agronomical importance and its application in sustainable agricultural practises is widely recognised. Recently interest and funding in this field have been given a boost as illustrated by the financial support from the European Research Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers from a number of laboratories funded by these organisations are presenting their results during the conference in Adeje, where organisers are hoping for “some major breakthroughs to be presented”.
Addressing the delegates the mayor welcomed them to Costa Adeje, “a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the year” and one which offers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauties of Adeje as well as a wide range of leisure, sporting, and relaxation activities. “It is also a place for the exchange of ideas, where theories can be explored”, the mayor continued. “And while I am very aware of the importance of your work here and wish you every success I hope you also find the time to take a break and enjoy what Adeje has to offer the visitor”. He concluded by inviting the delegates to return to the island with friends and families in the future.

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