Opinion Paper: EU Consortium calls for "Designing the Crops for the Future; The CropBooster Program"
The authors call for international action and propose a pan-European research and innovation initiative, the CropBooster Program, to mobilize the European plant research community and all interested actors in agri-food research and innovation to face the challenge.
MLCAS2021 launches Crop Yield Prediction Challenge
In this competition, you will utilize a dataset consisting of 103,365 performance records over 13 years and 150 locations with weekly weather data for each location throughout the growing season of 30 weeks. In particular, you will develop machine learning algorithms that can accurately predict yearly crop yield for a particular performance record.
Wheat Initiative gains new coordinator from Julius-Kuehn-Institute for their Alliance for Wheat Adaption to Heat and Drought (AHEAD) program
Wheat Initiative call for best phenotyping webinar in WEBINAR COMPETITION
WHEAT PHENOTYPING & ABIOTIC STRESS TOLERANCE: LATEST APPROACHES & FINDINGS
Wheat Initiative calls for your (wheat) research video in their VIDEO COMPETITION
WHEAT PHENOTYPING AND ABIOTIC STRESS TOLERANCE: FROM THE BENCH TO THE FIELD, FROM VISUAL SCORES TO ROBOTICS
New Special Issue in Plant Phenomics
IPPN's General Assembly 2021 will take place Virtually, on November 10 2021
As decided by the IPPN Executive Board, this year’s IPPN General Assembly will be held virtually. The decision was based on the still prevalent national & international COVID-19 restrictions for meetings & travelling. In order to give each member representative near-equal opportunities to attend this mandatory meeting, an exact time will be announced later this year.
Austria: New high-throughput phenotyping platform at Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities (VBCF)
The PHENOPlant phenotyping platform is designed for non-invasive, morphometric and physiological high-throughput phenotyping of mid-size crop plants as well as Arabidopsis and is fully integrated into a state-of-the-art walk-in phytotron providing highly homogeneous plant growth conditions. The platform facilitates precise environmental simulations across different climate zones as well as controlled plant stress experiments. Cutting-edge sensors include multi-excitation PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence, RGB, VNIR/SWIR hyperspectral, thermal and 3D.
Final EPPN2020 call for transnational access now closed
The EPPN2020 project has provided transnational access for researchers from public and private sectors from Europe and beyond to 31 state-of-the-art plant phenotyping installations, techniques and methods from 15 different institutions across Europe. Calls for transnational access to these installations were released at regular intervals between 2018 and 2021, and the sixth and final call has now closed. Throughout the project period 198 applications were submitted and based on external and independent review process 152 transnational access experiments were successfully implemented.
Greece: Intelligent system to monitor health of olive groves
Verticillium wilt is a major problem for olive growth and very difficult to detect at early stages of infestation. The project MyOliveGroveCoach has been launched to develop an intelligent system that will monitor olive groves and support farmers in the detection and treatment of Verticillium. The system employs multispectral imaging from unmanned aerial vehicles and automatic image processing using computer vision and machine learning techniques. The goal is to assess the health of olive groves and provide novel solutions for the early detection of Verticillium wilt and its spread.
Sweden: A virtual tour of the Biotron at SLU Alnarp
On 27 May 2021, NordPlant organized a virtual tour of the Biotron at SLU Alnarp. The Biotron is a facility for modern plant research with climatized rooms, with high precision and accuracy climates. One purpose of this tour was to fulfill NordPlants mission to spread information about the participating facilities. Another was to continue building the Facility Managers Network, which is intended to let the staff who work at the different facilities learn more about other facilities in the network.
Italy: Successfull first Phen-Italy call for access to plant phenotyping infrastructures
Greece: Lab-in-the-field, multi-spectral imaging technology for early warning of plant stress and pathologies
The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, the Hellenic Agricultural Organization Dimitra and QCELL, the inventor of field-deployable, real-time multispectral imaging technology, have joined forces to expand the applications of multi-spectral imaging in plant phenotyping. The SpectraPlant project supported by the Region of Crete and the Hellenic Ministry of Development and Investment uses the PhenoCheck lab-in-the-field device from QCELL to collect and classify spectral data for the early diagnosis of stress and pathological conditions in economically important crops.
New tools for data sharing in plant research
Three new data management tools designed to help plant researchers with data analysis, visualisation and integration following FAIR principles are now available for the community.
Italy: Phen-Italy launches first call for access to national phenotyping infrastructures
The Italian Plant Phenotyping Network Phen-Italy has launched a call to fund access to plant phenotyping participating infrastructures within the Joint Research Unit Phen-Italy.
The International Plant Phenotyping Syposium has been postponed to 2022
After careful deliberation and consideration of the global status of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, the IPPN Executive Board has taken the decision to postpone its 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS7) to 2022.
Update: The IPPS7 organizing committee has published the exact date to which IPPS7 will be shifted, which is which is Tuesday September 27th till Friday September 30th 2022.
Present your research to the community: PhenomicsWebinars relaunch in new format
Now open: abstract submission for the upcoming season of the newly revised PhenomicsWebinars series on plant phenotyping.
Special issue: Plant Phenotyping for a Sustainable Future
Contributions to the special issue are welcome and may include research papers as well as review articles. Authors should submit a title and brief outline for the consideration of the editors via email by 31 October 2021. All papers are peer reviewed to the usual standards and must fit within the scope of the journal.
What kind of bioinformatics do plant scientists need?
Launch of AG2PI Seed Grant Program
A major goal of the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) is to bring together agricultural scientists across disciplines to work together in addressing shared challenges in genome-to-phenome. As such, we have launched a seed grant program to foster first steps towards the development of community solutions to research needs and opportunities, as well as gaps in physical infrastructure and data management.
Special Issue: "From Phenotyping to Phenomics—Techniques for Exploring Plant Traits and Diversity"
IPPN member AgResearch (New Zealand) kicks-off new Special Issue in "plants". This Special Issue aims to bring together a range of research papers that cover plant phenotyping at large-scale from hundreds of genotypes using simple and repeatable technology to small-scale using high-tech and accurate methods and anything in between.
Belgium: VIB acquires CropDesign site from BASF and launches its first agricultural biotechnology incubator
VIB, a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, has signed an agreement with BASF to acquire its CropDesign site in Nevele, Belgium. VIB and CropDesign have had a close scientific relationship for more than 15 years. CropDesign, currently part of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division, was established in 1998 as a VIB spinoff and has grown into a biotech company specializing in plant phenotyping technology. The divesture includes site infrastructure and intellectual property. All former CropDesign employees found new jobs within or outside BASF.
Israel: Functional Phenotyping of Plant Response to Abiotic Stress
Denmark: Collaborative SUSWHEAT project receives funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark
The SUSWHEAT project combines globally leading research expertise on wheat from complementary teams at Copenhagen and Aarhus University, China and the UK, creating a strong partnership to dissect the resilience mechanisms in response to future climate. The collaborative project has recently been granted funding from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Italy: First call for access to national phenotyping infrastructures launching soon
In early 2021, Phen-Italy (the Italian Network of Plant Phenotyping Infrastructures) will launch the first call for access to the national plant phenotyping infrastructures. The applicants are requested to submit a project proposal aiming at answering a clear scientific question and/or addressing a technological challenge in the field of plant phenotyping. The project proposals will be evaluated by a Commission of independent experts. More information will be circulated in January 2021 on www.phen-Italy.it.
Netherlands: Two new gantries installed in NPEC greenhouse
The gantries will allow multispectral imaging, 3D scanning and high-resolution thermal imaging of plants as well as a combination of multispectral- and thermal imaging with gravimetric phenotyping to study plant water household.
Norway: Application submitted for the Norwegian Plant Phenotyping Platform (PheNo)
The plant research community in Norway has joined forces and submitted a national infrastructure proposal to establish the Norwegian Plant Phenotyping Platform (PheNo).
Spain: New user-friendly application for smallholder farmers for detection of plant diseases and nutritional disorders
The University of Barcelona in partnership with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) are developing a smartphone-based, user-friendly application for smallholder farmers from the MENA region (Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) aiming to identify major biotic and abiotic stresses in key relevant herbaceous crops.
Landmark study: First genomic atlas for global wheat improvement
Ireland: New PlantScreen System at University College Dublin
University College Dublin (UCD-Ireland) has acquired a PlantScreen system from Photon System Instruments (PSI) with the financial support of Science Foundation Ireland Future Research Leaders Programme (SFI-FRL) awarded to Dr. Sónia Negrão.
Australia: International collaboration targets plant-based vaccine development
Your participation needed: Global Plant Phenotyping Survey 2020/21
For the past six years, IPPN and EMPHASIS have carried out their bi-annual "Plant Phenotyping Surveys". They cover basic and advanced questions related to plant phenotyping for the purpose of assessing the status of global plant phenotyping and emerging fields. The surveys address participants from all geographic regions and in all professional disciplines in any way related to plant phenotyping.
International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) launches website
The new website of the International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) is now online. The IBF was launched in 2016 by the European Commission and provides a platform for international communication and cooperation regarding the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. Members are the European Commission, Argentina, Canada, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.
Series of animated movies
First services for researchers as EMPHASIS moves into implementation phase
Earlier this year, EMPHASIS has reached an important milestone: the establishment of the Interim General Assembly (IGA), a board of ten countries that have formally declared their intention of moving EMPHASIS towards operation.
Phenomics Webinars User Survey
Phenome Emphasis Prolonged Until 2025
The French infrastructure Phenome Emphasis has been officially prolonged until 2025, with an extra funding of EUR 5 million.
Nordic Network NordPlant Prolonged for Three Years
The Nordic network NordPlant has been prolonged until 2023 with funding from NordForsk.
Computer Vision Problems in Plant Phenotyping (CVPPP) 2020
This year’s CVPPP was held alongside the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) on Friday 28 August online.
Presentation material of the Nordic Plant Phenotyping field day available online
The Nordic Plant Phenotyping field day that was held here at NMBU on 17 June. This is an annual get-together for plant breeders and scientists in the Nordic countries to get in touch with field phenotyping activities and learn about the latest development.
Industry News: Agronomix Software & Progeny Drone launch strategic alliance on UAS data integration to accelerate plant breeding and agronomic research
Leading Agricultural Research Software company teams with fast-growing startup on integrating outputs from its unique image stitching and data extraction application for images from Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS, also referred to as UAVs).
Interdrought 2020 congress proceedings now online
Interdrought 2020, organized by CIMMYT and the University of Queensland, was scheduled to take place in Mexico City in March 2020. As it was not possible to proceed with face-to-face meetings due to the travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee delivered the scientific program online.
Sixth and final call for application for transnational access to European plant phenotyping facilities
EPPN2020 has just launched its sixth call for application for transnational access, open to European groups but also open (to a limited extent) to groups originating from emerging countries or international research centers. The call closes on 26th of October 2020.
Launch of Phenomics Webinars
To compensate for the cancellation of many scientific conferences and opportunities to discuss latest developments in the field, the plant phenotyping initiatives IPPN, EPPN2020 and EMPHASIS are launching a webinar series on plant phenotyping. We are looking for contributions from researchers from all phenotyping-related fields.
The EMPHASIS Photo Competition
It’s competition time: EMPHASIS is launching a photo competition in plant phenotyping in collaboration with IPPN and sponsored by LemnaTech and DPPN. Send us your best plant phenotyping photos and be in for a chance of winning a high-end camera!
Special issue on Statistics, Bioinformatics, and Machine Learning Methods in Phenomics
Plant Phenomics is pleased to announce a special issue on Statistics, Bioinformatics, and Machine Learning Methods in Phenomics.
Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2020
Call for papers: "Plant Phenomics And Precision Agriculture"
PLOS ONE is calling for papers on plant phenomics and precision agriculture research. The deadline for submission is 5 June 2020.