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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:

28 June 2022

Length of book:

404 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768568

Hardback - £150.00
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Plant phenotyping is rapidly developing technology that involves the quantitative analysis of structural and functional plant traits. 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, including new technologies such as optical and thermographic sensors, as well as alternative carrier systems such as field robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The book details the use of plant phenotyping to analyse traits such as crop root functionality, yield performance and disease resistance.

Edited by a world-renowned researcher in plant science, Advances in plant phenotyping for more sustainable crop production will be a standard reference for university and other researchers in plant science, as well as those in computing and engineering science with a research focus on computer vision, data mining and image-based plant phenotyping. The book will also be a key resource for plant breeders, government and private agencies involved in advocating for a more sustainable agriculture, agricultural engineers, as well as suppliers of agricultural technology.

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 aerial systems and sensors 
  • Offers a detailed analysis of the benefits of plant phenotyping through selected case studies that demonstrate the use of phenotyping techniques in 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

"I look forward to reading this book in view of the topics covered and the relevance of the authors. The book will be extremely useful for the plant phenomics community."
Prof. Francois Tardieu, INRAE, France

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.The evolution of trait selection in breeding: from seeing to remote sensing: Matthew Reynolds, Francisco Pinto, Liana Acevedo, Francisco J. Pinera-Chavez, and Carolina Rivera-Amado, International Maize and Wheat Research Center (CIMMYT), Mexico;

Part 2 Sensor types
3.Advances in optical analysis for crop phenotyping: Jian Jin and Tanzeel U. Rehman, Purdue University, USA; and Qin Zhang, Washington State University, USA;
4.Advances in the use of thermography in crop phenotyping: David M. Deery, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia;
5.Advances in the use of X-ray computed tomography in crop phenotyping: Stefan Gerth, Norman Uhlmann and Michael Salamon, Fraunhofer EZRT, Germany;

Part 3 Carrier/delivery systems
6.Field robots for plant phenotyping: Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University and Research, 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, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich and Remote Sensing Team, Division of Agroecology and Environment, Agroscope, Switzerland; and Lukas Roth, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland;

Part 4 Data analysis
8.Meeting computer vision and machine learning challenges in crop phenotyping: Hanno Scharr, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences: Plant Sciences (IBG-2) and Institute for Advanced Simulation: Data Analytics and Machine Learning (IAS-8), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany; and Sotirios A. Tsaftaris, The University of Edinburgh and Alan Turing Institute, UK;
9.Digital phenotyping and genotype-to-phenotype(G2P) models to predict complex traits in cereal crops: Nicolas Virlet, Rothamsted Research, UK; Danilo H. Lyra, Biometrics and Breeding Research, BASF, Belgium; and Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Rothamsted Research, UK;
10.The role of crop growth models in crop improvement: integrating phenomics, envirotyping and genomic prediction: Jana Kholová, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India; Amir Hajjarpoor, UMR DIADE, Université de Montpellier, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France; Vincent Garin, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Mali; William Nelson, Gottingen University, Germany; Madina Diacoumba, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Mali; Carlos D. Messina, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, USA; Graeme L. Hammer, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation - The University of Queensland, Australia; Yunbi Xu, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico; Milan O. Urban, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia; and Jan Jarolímek, Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU), Czech Republic;

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 and José L. Araus, University of Barcelona and AGROTECNIO (Center for Research in Agrotechnology), Spain;
13.Automated assessment of plant diseases and traits by sensors: how can digital technologies support smart farming and plant breeding?: Anne-Katrin Mahlein, Institute of Sugar Beet Research, Germany; Jan Behmann, Bayer Crop Science, Germany; David Bohnenkamp, BASF Digital Farming GmbH, Germany; René H. J. Heim, UAV Research Centre (URC), Ghent University, Belgium; and Sebastian Streit and Stefan Paulus, Institute of Sugar Beet Research, Germany;