Field phenotyping the future crops: non-destructive high throughput phenotyping above and below ground (FABPS) combining close remote sensing and electrical resistivity tomography

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Continued improvements in crop performance are needed to cope with climate change and to
keep pace with population growth. To tackle these global challenges, novel approaches are
required that help to investigate the genetics of agriculturally important crop traits and to accelerate the development of superior plant varieties. Plant phenotyping covers the description and characterization of complex plant traits using non-destructive tools in the context of plant research and crop breeding. As part of the Emphasis-Belgium project (funded by FWO) and the FutureAdapt project (funded by Government of Flanders), FABPS, a state-of-the-art high throughput field phenotyping installation is being built. This infrastructure will enable investigating the response of crops to drought and salinity stress using mobile rain-out-shelters (6 x 300 m²). Aboveground phenotyping will be based on the use of a UAV equipped with multiple sensors (e.g. De Swaef et al. 2021 (forage grasses)) and belowground phenotyping on the use of electrical resistivity tomography (e.g. Blanchy et al. 2020) at high spatial resolution (0.2-4 cm and 10 cm, respectively). Regular crop monitoring throughout the entire growing season will allow describing the plant responses to the stress applied but also investigating the recovery in a realistic crop production environment. A control field with the same trial serves as reference. Growth curves per plant/genotype/plot (e.g. Borra-Serrano et al. 2020 (soybean)) are fitted to decipher plant responses and to extract the trait of interest in a high-throughput manner for large sets of genotypes (up to 800 mini-plots can be evaluated simultaneously, e.g. Saleem et al. 2022 (soybean), Muylle et al. in prep. (red clover)). Access modalities are currently being defined, but it is our intention to open this facility to universities, research institutes and industry. The installation is being set up and will be tested in 2022-2023, being operational from 2023 onward.
Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2022
Evenement7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium - Wageningen, Nederland
Duur: 26-sep.-202230-sep.-2022


Congres7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium
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