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The ability to quantitatively analyze plant phenotypic traits and their dynamic responses to the environment is an essential requirement for genetic and physiological research is the cornerstone to enable applications and of scientific findings to the bioeconomy.
Specifically the quantitative assessment of root traits has been recognized as crucial for the understanding of plant resource use efficiency and the response to biotic and abiotic stress. Despite recent developments in robotics, information technology and automation in plant phenotyping, the measurement of root traits is still very challenging and spans the use of high end equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to labor intensive manual root excavation.
With this Winter Training School we aim to covert a wide range of topics and to demonstrate methods highly relevant to root phenotyping in lectures and practical exercises related to: