Revolutionising field phenotyping to speed up trait breeding in cereals
Barbara George-Jaeggli, Research Fellow, Crop Physiology, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland
The recent revolution in genomics has not yet been matched with a revolution in high-throughput field phenotyping that is needed to further push up crop yields.
We have developed proximal and remote-sensing platforms including an integrated analysis pipeline that massively increases plant breeders’ capacity to evaluate germplasm for target traits in the field.
To give an example of a target trait I will talk about how we are using this high-throughput phenotyping platform to screen diverse sorghum lines for increased photosynthetic capacity at the canopy level.
This interdisciplinary research is partly funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis which aims to increase cereal productivity through improvements in the photosynthetic machinery of plants.