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Proceedings (editor) - Peer-reviewed, 2018

Plant Phenotyping and Phenomics for Plant Breeding


As a consequence of the global climate change, both the reduction on yield potential and the available surface area of cultivated species will compromise the production of food needed for a constant growing population. There is consensus about the significant gap between world food consumption projected for the coming decades and the expected crop yield-improvements, which are estimated to be insufficient to meet the demand. The complexity of this scenario will challenge breeders to develop cultivars that are better adapted to adverse environmental conditions, therefore incorporating a new set of morpho-physiological and physico-chemical traits; a large number of these traits have been found to be linked to heat and drought tolerance. Currently, the only reasonable way to satisfy all these demands is through acquisition of high-dimensional phenotypic data (high-throughput phenotyping), allowing researchers with a holistic comprehension of plant responses, or ‘Phenomics’. Phenomics is still under development. This Research Topic aims to be a contribution to the progress of methodologies and analysis to help understand the performance of a genotype in a given environment.


Latin America; high-throughput phenotyping; forward phenomics; reverse phenomics; software development

Published in

Frontiers in Plant Science
2018, pages: 1 - 367
ISBN: 978-2-88945-532-4
Publisher: Frontiers

Editors' information

Lobos, Gustavo
University of Talca
Camargo, Anyela
National Insititute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)
del Pozo, Alejandro
University of Talca
Araus, Jose
University of Barcelona
International Maize and Wheat Improvment Centre (CIMMYT)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Doonan, John
Aberystwyth University

UKÄ Subject classification

Genetics and Breeding
Plant Biotechnology

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