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The 5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, titled ‘From plant, to data, to impact’, will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 2-5 October 2018.

The full program has been released! You can view it here.

Symposium themes

From plant

Trying to understanding the interaction of a plant’s genotype with the environment is a key driver of plant phenomics. How can we measure large numbers of plants in varying environmental conditions to identify the traits that will make them more tolerant to our changing climate? How can we use latest camera and sensor technology to get a better understanding of plant physiological processes and the environment in which they grow?

To data

As data acquisition improves rapidly in volume and complexity, the phenotyping bottleneck is shifting to data. How do we ensure the data we capture is high-quality and relevant? How do we combine different data sources to enrich the phenotyping measurement information? How do we annotate and manage data so it can be shared, re-used and queried?

To impact

Plant phenomics brings together a whole suite of expertise, from plant biologists to engineers and statisticians. Working collaboratively, these disciplines can advance our understanding of plant performance and resilience, and we can make progress towards identifying the genetics of stress tolerance and breeding higher yielding crops.

Speakers include

  • Prof Seishi Ninomiya, Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr Christina Walters, USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation, United States
  • Dr Rajeev K Varshney, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), India
  • Prof Mark Tester, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Dr Nicole Jensen, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia

Session chairs include

  • Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar, AgResearch, New Zealand
  • Prof Tony Pridmore, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Prof Uli Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

More information

You will find everything you need to know on the symposium website, from how to register to sponsorship opportunities. You can also keep an eye on the latest news about the symposium through our news (make sure you have subscribed to the blog), on Twitter (make sure you have followed us), and of course, here on our website!

We look forward to welcoming the international plant science community to South Australia, where you will get the full Australian experience all in one state. From cage diving to fine dining, there’s a wine barrel full of reasons why South Australia was named as one of Lonely Planet’s best regions to visit in 2017! Find out more about this vibrant city before you arrive here.

(image courtesy SA Tourism Commission)

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