>> Phenotyping for Agriculture Sustainability (Book of Abstracts)

Chennai, 17-19th of February 2014

Plants develop by a complex interaction of genotypes with the environments.This determines their structure and function and thus essential performance parameters like yield, productivity or efficient use of resources. To understand these fundamental processes we need to quantitatively assess the phenotype and generate a link to the genotype in order to understand the genetic basis

Plant phenotyping science is becoming a central field of research and application in academia and industry. It provides a nourishing ground for the development of new phenotyping platforms and methods. Novel challenges such as the establishment of robust protocols and screening methods, which integrate non‐invasive, automated high throughput measurement of relevant plant traits both under controlled greenhouse and field scenarios, arise throughout this development. Novel sensors and approaches for automated measurements that are integrated in a comprehensive data management and linkage framework are required. Plant phenotyping is developing as scientific field that has the aim to accurately quantify phenotypic traits, to give valuable prognoses for plant performance in the field, driven by the demand of users, who require relevant information on the plant-environment interaction.

With its focus on these themes the symposium had provided excellent networking opportunities between users, platform operators or yet-to-become platform operators, as well as experts in technology development and integration. The 3rd International Plant Phenotyping Symposium was held in Chennai, India during 17‐19th of February, 2014, organized by the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in partnership with IPPN, ICRISAT and several national and international partners.

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