IPPN members recognize the need to integrate globally plant phenotyping approaches across all levels of plant systems, from molecular to field. IPPN members are also aware that developing and breeding new varieties of plants with improved performance is necessary for the future. Consistent food and feed supply, scarcity of resources, climate change, and energy use are some of the challenges facing our reliance on plants. To mediate these challenges, we need sustainable plant production with higher yield using limited land, water, and nutrients.

Plants are a vital aspect of the future challenges facing our planet. The need for renewable energy sources and a reliable food/feed supply as well as ways to manage resource and materials scarcity and climate change are among the challenges that we can address with plants. Integrating plant system approaches, from molecular to field applications, are necessary to develop sustainable production with higher yield using limited land, water, and nutrients and to improve the characteristics required for the traditional and novel use of plants for the future.

A major bottleneck in research and application is plant phenotyping, the quantitative analysis of the structure and function of plants. Innovative plant phenotyping approaches targeting relevant traits are needed to identify key processes and understand the dynamic interactions between genetics, molecular and biochemical processes, and the physiological responses leading to the development of phenotypes.

IPPN supports the development of concepts and technologies in plant phenotyping through interactions between major phenotyping centers. Significant cooperative efforts are required to:

    • establish a community that can develop new approaches to advance plant phenotyping
    • address technology development and implementation efficiently and effectively
    • enable exchange of knowledge, information, and expertise between diverse members
    •  integrate the regionally and globally fragmented activities in plant phenotyping
    • advise policy makers about future opportunities, challenges, and the importance of state-of-the-art technology
    • provide a network linking members, platform operators, users, research groups, developers, and policy makers