Plant phenotyping is an emerging technology that involves the quantitative analysis of structural and functional plant traits. However, it is widely recognised that phenotyping needs to match similar advances in genetics if it is to not create a bottleneck in plant breeding. Advances in plant phenotyping for more sustainable crop production reviews the wealth of research on advances in plant phenotyping to meet this challenge, such as the development of new technologies including hyperspectral sensors such as LIDAR, NIR/SWIR, as well as alternative delivery/carrier systems, such as ground-based proximal distance systems and UAVs. The book details the development of plant phenotyping as a technique to analyse crop roots and functionality, as well as its use in understanding and improving crop response to biotic and abiotic stresses.
Part 1: The development of phenotyping as a research field 1. Origins and drivers of crop phenotyping as defined today 2. Classical trait grading in breeding versus sensor-based phenotyping Part 2: Sensor types 3. Advances in optical analysis for crop phenotyping 4. Advances in the use of spectral reflectance techniques in crop phenotyping 5. Advances in the use of thermography in crop phenotyping 6. Advances in the use of x-ray computerised tomography in crop phenotyping Part 3: Carrier/delivery systems 7. Advances in controlled environment crop phenotyping systems 8. Advances in ground-based proximal distance carrier systems for crop phenotyping 9. Advances in the use of aerial systems/UAVs for crop phenotyping as examples for lean, low-cost, high-throughput field crop phenotyping systems Part 4: Data analysis 10. Advances in computer vision, feature extraction and machine learning in crop phenotyping 11. From experimental design to G2P (genotype to phenotype) 12. Crop models of the future: How can they gain from the current developments in phenotyping? Part 5: Case studies Using phenotyping techniques to analyse crop functionality and photosynthesis 13. Using phenotyping techniques to predict and model grain yield translating phenotyping into genetic gain 14. Using phenotyping techniques to understand and improve crop responses to plant diseases or other biotic stresses 15. Using phenotyping techniques to understand and improve crop responses to abiotic stresses