Type: Book

Advances in plant phenotyping for more sustainable crop production


Dr Achim Walter is Professor of Crop Science and Head of the Crop Sciences Group in the Department of Environmental Systems Science in the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Professor Walter is a member of the scientific advisory boards of several national and international agricultural research institutions. He is internationally-renowned for his research in image-based phenotyping of plant shoots and roots.



Publication date:

Q2 2022

Length of book:

420 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768568

Hardback - £150.00
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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.

Key features

  • Comprehensive review of the development of plant phenotyping as a research field in a wide range of scientific communities 
  • Explores key advances in the use of plant phenotyping techniques to improve yield, growth and resource-use efficiency, such as robotics, aerial systems, sensors and controlled environments 
  • Offers a detailed analysis of the benefits of plant phenotyping through selected case studies that demonstrate the use of phenotyping techniques in optimising root architecture, analysing crop functionality and improving crop responses to abiotic and biotic stresses

What others are saying...

“Phenotyping is fundamental for crop improvement and has been undergoing a revolution thanks to new capabilities in imaging, computing and data analysis. This book provides an excellent overview of both the technological advances that have underpinned this revolution and the link through to application in tackling some the major problems facing breeders.”
Prof. Peter Langridge, University of Adelaide, Australia; and The Wheat Initiative, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Germany

Table of contents

Part 1 The development of phenotyping as a research field
1.Origins and drivers of crop phenotyping: Roland Pieruschka and Ulrich Schurr, Institute for Bio- and Geosciences (IBG), IBG-2: Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany;
2.Classical trait grading in breeding versus sensor-based phenotyping: Matthew Reynolds, University of Adelaide, Australia;

Part 2 Sensor types
3.Advances in optical analysis for crop phenotyping: Jian Jin, Purdue University, USA;
4.Advances in the use of thermography in crop phenotyping: David Deery, CSIRO, Australia;
5.Advances in the use of x-ray computerised tomography in crop phenotyping: Stefan Gerth, Fraunhofer IIS, Germany;

Part 3 Carrier/delivery systems
6.Advances in ground-based proximal distance carrier systems for crop phenotyping: Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
7.Advances in the use of aerial systems/UAVs for crop phenotyping as examples for lean, low-cost, high-throughput field crop phenotyping systems: Helge Aasen, ETH Zurich, Switzerland;

Part 4 Data analysis
8.Advances in computer vision, feature extraction and machine learning in crop phenotyping: Sotirios Tsaftaris, University of Edinburgh, UK;
9.From experimental design to G2P (genotype to phenotype): Malcolm Hawkesford, Rothamsted Research, UK;
10.Crop models of the future: How can they gain from the current developments in phenotyping?: Jana Kholova, ICRISAT, India;

Part 5 Case studies
11.Using phenotyping techniques to analyse crop functionality and photosynthesis: Eva Rosenqvist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;
12.Using phenotyping techniques to predict and model grain yield: translating phenotyping into genetic gain: Thomas Vatter, University of Barcelona, Spain;
13.Using phenotyping techniques to understand and improve crop responses to plant diseases or other biotic stresses: Anne-Katrin Mahlein, University of Göttingen, Germany;