Plant Phenotyping

Sónia Negrão, Magdalena Julkowska

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Every plant science experiment starts with a design that will be adapted to answer a specific biological question and involves evaluation of phenotypic traits. Plant phenotyping has advanced from manual measurements of physiologically relevant parameters to high-throughput phenotyping platforms that use robotics and imaging sensors. Yet, this game-changing technology has its own challenges, namely data analysis and interpretation. The improved quality of the sensors used in the phenotying experiment provides increased understanding, however the insight provided on the research question is limited by the experimental design. Aspects such as replication or spatial variability are important to consider when designing the experiment conducted in highly controlled environment as well as under field conditions. With wider availability of cameras and other sensors, we are able to record increasing number of plant traits. This results in the phenotypic bottleneck moving from data acquisition to data analysis. Throughout this article, we present practical considerations and potential shortcomings of phenotyping systems and suggest some solutions to the challenges of plant phenotyping through streamlined and reproducible data analysis pipelines.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationeLS
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780470016176
StatePublished - Mar 10 2020


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