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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2019

High-Throughput Field-Phenotyping Tools for Plant Breeding and Precision Agriculture

Chawade, Aakash;van Ham, Joost;Blomquist, Hanna;Bagge, Oscar;Alexandersson, Erik;Ortiz, Rodomiro;


High-throughput field phenotyping has garnered major attention in recent years leading to the development of several new protocols for recording various plant traits of interest. Phenotyping of plants for breeding and for precision agriculture have different requirements due to different sizes of the plots and fields, differing purposes and the urgency of the action required after phenotyping. While in plant breeding phenotyping is done on several thousand small plots mainly to evaluate them for various traits, in plant cultivation, phenotyping is done in large fields to detect the occurrence of plant stresses and weeds at an early stage. The aim of this review is to highlight how various high-throughput phenotyping methods are used for plant breeding and farming and the key differences in the applications of such methods. Thus, various techniques for plant phenotyping are presented together with applications of these techniques for breeding and cultivation. Several examples from the literature using these techniques are summarized and the key technical aspects are highlighted.


field phenotyping; precision breeding; precision agriculture; decision support systems

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2019, volume: 9, number: 5, article number: 258

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
van Ham, Joost
Lund University
Blomquist, Hanna
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Bagge, Oscar
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Protection Biology
Ortiz, Rodomiro (Ortiz Rios, Rodomiro Octavio)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding

UKÄ Subject classification

Genetics and Breeding

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