Development of high throughput plant phenotyping facilities at Aberystwyth

Catherine Jane Howarth, Alan Philip Gay, John Draper, Wayne Powell

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There is a need to develop high throughput plant phenomics to bridge the phenotype-genotype gap that will lead to the improvements in crop performance necessary to feed the growing world population. The facility under development at Aberystwyth will be based around automated non-destructive image analysis using a Scanalyzer 3-D HTS system developed by LemnaTec running in a new glasshouse complex. Detailed consultations with potential users have provided the specifications for the system. A central advantage of the approach is that it is inherently non-destructive, allowing repeated measurements to be made on individual plants in a pre-programmed sequence through time with minimal operator intervention. The system is designed to cope with small plants such as forage grasses, forage legumes, Brachypodium and Arabidopsis, and with larger plants such as oats, wheat, barley, maize and Miscanthus. The plant phenomics facility will be closely linked to both chemical phenotyping and genotyping facilities in Aberystwyth along with field trials. Use of the facility will accelerate the selection of appropriate germplasm for breeding varieties which will perform robustly under the conditions predicted for the UK and beyond in the future. Furthermore, it will provide a focus for trans-disciplinary research to facilitate the discovery of the genetic and environmental bases for variation in complex traits that underpin the major global challenges for food and energy security, water utilization and adaptation to a changing climate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhenomics Workshop
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2011
EventPlant and Animal Genome XIX Conference - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 09 Jan 201113 Jan 2011


ConferencePlant and Animal Genome XIX Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
Period09 Jan 201113 Jan 2011
OtherTown & Country Convention Center


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