IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop
15-17 May 2017
Jülich, Germany


One of the current problems in plant phenotyping are the high entry level and maintenance expenses of new sensors and infrastructures. This prevents many research organizations from implementing urgently needed approaches due to lack of investment budget and technical personnel. Therefore, affordable phenotyping concepts and methods need to be disseminated to a wider plant science and breeding community by identifying demands, increasing the awareness and collecting and sharing available knowledge on lean solutions.

This workshop is primarily intended for experimental biologists, who are looking for alternative low-cost approaches in different fields of plant phenotyping. The workshop will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on and discussions on different topics like smartphone applications and programming, structural imaging, multispectral imaging and field phenotyping methods for roots and shoot.

Registration Information

The registration fee is 230€, payable through IPPN's Eventbrite page (link is above), and includes workshop materials, lunches, dinners (Monday and Tuesday night), and coffee breaks as well as transportation to and from the workshop venue:
      Monday evening (from FZJ to Jülich)
     Tuesday (from Jülich to FZJ, and return)
     Wednesday morning (from Jülich to FZJ).

The number of participants is limited to 50.

Participants are responsible for covering their own accommodation and transportation costs from and to the airport or train station.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Richards.


15 Monday 2017

12:00 – 13:00     Arrival, registration, and lunch

13:00 – 13:20     Roland Pieruschka and  Fabio Fiorani (IBG-2, FZ Jülich, Germany): Introduction into the IPPN and the “Affordable Phenotyping” working group

13:20 – 14:05     David Rousseau (Université Lyon, France): Toward cost-effective imaging-based plant phenotyping

14:05 – 14:25     Uttam Kumar (Cimmyt, El Batan, Mexico): High-throughput Phenotyping in Genomic Selection Yield Trials

14:25 – 14:45     Mark Müller-Linow (IBG-2, FZ Jülich, Germany): Estimating leaf and shoot area from affordable 2d and 3d imaging approaches

14:45 – 15:05     Tobias Wojciechowski (IBG-2, FZ Jülich, Germany): Root phenotyping in the field

15:05 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15     Sotirios A. Tsaftaris (University of Edingburgh, GB): Machine learning can empower trait extraction in affordable phenotyping

16:15 – 16:35     Panintorn Prempree (PLT Lab, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand): Android-based rice leaf color analyzer

16:35 – 16:55     Gustavo Pereyra-Irujo and Luiz Aguirrezabal (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentinia): Strategies for increasing access to phenotyping tools

16:55 – 17:15     Benjamin Bruns (IBG-2, FZ Jülich, Germany): An introduction to developing data-driven mobile apps: A case study with Android

17:15 – 17:30     Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30     Moderated discussion (Fabio Fiorani)

19:00                     Dinner: My Thai Restaurant


16 Tuesday 2017

08:00 – 09:00     Arrival

09:00 – 09:15     Johannes Seidl-Schulz (Geo-Konzept, Germany): Field-phenotyping by UAVs - Evaluation of the current state of drone-based field-phenotyping

09:15 – 09:30     Bas van Eerdt (Phenokey, Netherlands): Professional, easy-to-use and versatile multi-spectral plant imaging made affordable

09:30 – 09:45     Nick Webb (Delta-T Devices, UK): Towards non-destructive leaf area measurement

09:45 – 10:00     Roger Noble (Zegami, UK): The importance of images in plant phenomics

10:00 – 10:15     Udo Seiffert (Fraunhofer IFF, Germany): HawkSpex(R) Mobile--A ubiquitously available plant scanner

10:15 – 10:30     Coffee Break (Courtesy of Zegami)

10:30 – 10:50     Demo of Phenotiki

10:50 – 11:00     Coffee and discussion

11:00 – 11:30     Calibration of camera Systems (e.g. stereo setups of Syngenta prototype and/or others, e.g. from Marie Theiß) using LAD-Toolbox (from Mark) demonstrated by Marie and Mark

11:30 – 12:00     3d-measurements of shoot using Occipital Sensor followed by leaf area estimation using CloudCompare software demonstrated by Mark

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 18:00     Hands-on exercises - Smartphone applications and programming, Structural imaging, Multispectral imaging, Field phenotyping methods

13:00 – 14:20     First round of hands-on exercises

14:20 – 14:50     Coffee and discussion

14:50 – 16:10     Second round of hands-on exercises

16:10 – 16:40     Coffee and discussion

16:40 – 18:00     Third round of hands-on exercises

19:00                      Dinner at Café Cortés


17 May 2017

08:00 – 09:00     Arrival

09:00 – 12:00     Conclusions – Discussions of the hands-on exercises, starting a challenge for affordable phenotyping approaches

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch and departure


15:00 – 17:00     IPPN working group discussion