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.


Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kioumars Ghamkhar Website
Guest Editor   Plant Functional Biology, AgResearch, New Zealand
Interests: plant phenotypic diversity; crops and forages; genetic resources; plant phenomics; plant phenotypic evolution


Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the recent surge in food consumption and the need for global nourishment of the fast-growing world population, breeding better adapted crops for the future is imperative. The complex interactions of plants with several factors—including their genes as well as soil, climate, pests, and humans—determines their final overall performance. In the last decade, a revolution in phenotyping approaches as well as digital technologies have enabled researchers to start collecting high-quality and repeatable phenotypic data to almost the same extent as genomic data. Employing machine vision for discriminating useful data from sensors and cameras is now a norm for monitoring plant phenotype over time. These techniques also enable researchers to integrate plant analyses into a monitoring system which also includes soil and environment data.

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.

Dr. Kioumars Ghamkhar
Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • digital technologies
  • plant phenotyping
  • plant phenomics
  • machine vision
  • computer vision
  • plant visualization


Link to submission