Phenotype analysis is challenging. It‘s even more challenging than genome analysis or other biological or chemical studies. Roland Pieruschka and Uli Schurr, phenotyping experts at Forschungszentrum Jülich back up this statement by considering the complex structure of plants, their fluctuating environments, and memory effects that translate through the plant lifecycles and even to the following generations.

Thus, measuring phenotypes demands for adequate temporal and spatial resolution by using advanced sensing technology and integrated data management. Application scientists and technology developers, together with users in research and industry are forming communities for future-oriented phenotyping.

Roland Pieruschka and Uli Schurr, “Plant Phenotyping: Past, Present, and Future,” Plant Phenomics, vol. 2019, Article ID 7507131, 6 pages, 2019.