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January 5, 2016  

Purdue phenomics director to speak at world’s largest ag-genomics meeting

April Agee Carroll

April Agee Carroll 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s director of phenomics will speak at a plant phenotyping workshop during the International Plant and Animal Genome XXIV conference in San Diego on Monday (Jan. 11), providing insight into uses for novel imaging techniques.

April Agee Carroll has an internationally established reputation in plant phenotyping and will represent Purdue, among other international phenotyping experts, at the largest ag-genomics conference in the world.

The goal of the workshop is to look into the future of plant phenotyping and plot a path toward next-generation technologies and protocols. The workshop will provide an open forum for discussion on all aspects of technological development, experimental design, data management and the relevance of trait expression.

Carroll’s talk, titled “Applications of Digital Plant Phenotyping to Applied Crop Science and Basic Research,” will address the commonalities and key differences between basic and applied imaging techniques to plant breeding, biotech trait development and basic plant biology.

“It’s an honor to be invited to speak at PAG, and I look forward to dialogue with other researchers who are working to answer questions about how to translate images of plants into information for farmers and researchers,” Carroll said.

Carroll also will share Purdue’s current and future status in automated large-scale plant analysis as part of the College of Agriculture’s plant sciences initiative.

The plant sciences initiative is part of Purdue Moves, a series of university initiatives announced by Purdue President Mitch Daniels in 2013 to broaden the university’s global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students.

The workshop is organized by Phenospex, Photon Systems Instruments and Phenokey, independent European companies that are collaborating to develop next-generation phenotyping technologies.

The conference will be held at the Town & Country Hotel Jan. 9-13. It will bring together over 3,000 leading genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research, more than 130 exhibits, 150 workshops, 1,100 posters and over 1,800 abstracts.           

Writer: Erin Robinson, 765-496-1626,  

Sources: April Agee Carroll, 765-494-1650,               

Karen Plaut, 765-494-8362, 

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
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