Biological and Agricultural Engineering

The Phenotyping Robot

Robotic In-field Phenotyping for 3D Reconstruction of Plant Architecture

While the genomes of many plant species important to the food supply have now been sequenced our ability to translate those advances in understanding into rapid advancement in crop cultivars is dramatically inhibited by manual methods of functionally linking plant response with environmental and genotype interactions.

Robotic high-throughput phenotyping is a developing engineering field that is attempting to bring rapid, nondestructive sensing technology to agriculture in order to greatly accelerate the in-field measurements of biologically relevant phenotypes needed by plant breeders to determine which plant features and genomic characteristics are most critical to new plant development.

Watch a video about it here.