Special Issue "New Phenotyping Platforms for Field Trials"


A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2: Plant Sciences, 52425 Jülich, Germany
Website: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ibg/ibg-2
E-Mail: u.schurr@fz-juelich.de

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hamlyn G. Jones
Plant Research Group, Division of Environmental and Applied Biology, University of Dundee at SCRI, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK
Website: http://sky.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/lifesciences/jones/
E-Mail: h.g.jones@dundee.ac.uk

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Adrian C. Newton
The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK
Website: http://www.hutton.ac.uk/staff/adrian-newton
E-Mail: Adrian.Newton@hutton.ac.uk

Guest Editor
Dr. William Thomas
The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK
Website: http://www.hutton.ac.uk/staff/william-thomas
E-Mail: Bill.Thomas@hutton.ac.uk

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ever increasing amount of DNA sequence information for crop species coupled with the developments in methods to assess sequence polymorphisms and the decrease in assay costs mean that detailed genotypic data can be rapidly and efficiently generated for most populations of most species. Such information has little value unless sequence variation in specific genomic regions of a crop can be interpreted as leading to measureable differences in characteristics or phenotype. Large effects on plant phenotypes can be detected in small populations but most of these have at least been well characterised if not assigned to cloned genes. Plant researchers and breeders are now working on more quantitative characters of smaller effect that require much larger populations to assign phenotypic differences to specific genomic regions. This has resulted in the so-called ‘phenotypic bottleneck’ where traditional assessments of field trials, e.g. recording visual symptoms of biotic and abiotic stress, major crop developmental stage recording, yield estimates from bags of harvested grain and post-harvest quantitative measurements limit the size of population that can be grown, as well as the accuracy and efficiency of measurement. Recent developments in imaging, data handling and remote sensing hold particular promise for high throughput screening of plant structural, developmental or physiological characters. For example 3D imaging and laser scanning can provide information on plant structure, while thermal imaging provides rapid diagnosis of plant responses to water stress, and hyperspectral sensing can provide information on biochemical and physiological responses of plants. It is important that such data is gathered in proper field environments where the ultimate target is to improve crop production that can be realised in agricultural situations.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
Prof. Dr. Hamlyn G. Jones
Prof. Dr. Adrian C. Newton
Dr. William Thomas
Guest Editors


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  • remote sensing
  • yield
  • infection
  • biotic and abiotic stress
  • quality
  • image analysis
  • thermal imaging
  • hyperspectral sensing
  • 3-D structure

Published Papers (3 papers)

Agronomy 2014, 4(2), 178-190; doi:10.3390/agronomy4020178
Received: 11 February 2014; in revised form: 12 March 2014 / Accepted: 14 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Agronomy 2014, 4(1), 144-164; doi:10.3390/agronomy4010144
Received: 4 December 2013; in revised form: 19 January 2014 / Accepted: 30 January 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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Agronomy 2014, 4(1), 108-123; doi:10.3390/agronomy4010108
Received: 4 December 2013; in revised form: 15 January 2014 / Accepted: 30 January 2014 / Published: 17 February 2014
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Last update: 12 November 2013

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