Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2019, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (5): 558-568.DOI: 10.11983/CBB19141

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A Path to Next Generation of Plant Phenomics

Weijuan Hu1,2,*,Xiangdong Fu1,2,Fan Chen1,2,Weicai Yang1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Crop Phenomics Joint Research Center, Wuhan 430074, China
  • Received:2019-07-29 Accepted:2019-08-21 Online:2019-09-01 Published:2020-03-10
  • Contact: Weijuan Hu

Abstract: Recent advances in genomics technologies have greatly accelerated the progress in both fundamental plant science and applied breeding research. Concurrently, high-throughput plant phenotyping is becoming widely adopted in the plant research, promising to alleviate the phenotypic bottleneck. Plant phenomics is a science that studies the growth, performance and composition of plants. It can effectively track the relationship among genotypes, environmental factors, and phenotypes. It is a key research field to break through the future crop research and application. In this paper, three stages of plant phenotypic analysis are discussed, that is, from the initial stage of manual measurement and counting and the assistant stage of specific measurement tools to the stage of high throughput phenomics. It is proposed that the development of plant phenotypic acquisition and analysis is driven by three important factors: phenotypic research facilities, phenotype acquisition technology and image analysis methods. Finally, the plant phenomic research is prospected.

Key words: plant phenomics, phenotypic research facilities, acquisition technology, image analysis