Agriculture News

January 4, 2017

Purdue to host phenomics workshop March 13-14

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Crop scientists and engineers will learn cross-discipline communication and collaboration skills as part of a field-based plant phenomics workshop March 13-14 at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

While the genetic background of a plant may be known, the environment varies and will cause differences in physical and biochemical traits - the phenotype. Understanding this variation will improve crop performance regardless the environmental condition, said Katy Martin Rainey, assistant professor of agronomy and one of the workshop organizers.

“Our goal is provide foundational information about agronomic and reflectance-based research methods and help professional plant scientists, engineers and students develop the skills to work together in using the latest sensing technology to collect critical data,” Rainey said.

Rainey stated that participants will also have several networking opportunities to share ideas and perspectives.

Sessions will be led by Purdue agronomic and engineering faculty. Topics include:

* Case studies in image analyses.

* Fundamental information on remote sensing of vegetation and agronomic research methods

* Implementation of unmanned aerial systems for field experiments.

* Analytical methods for temporal data and high-throughput field-based phenotyping.

 Cost is $500 for professionals, and it is free for Purdue students. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, visit or contact Chad Martin at 765-496-3964,

Development of the phenomics curriculum at Purdue is funded through Purdue AgSEED and curricula are developed around the activities and resources at the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center. The Center supports state-of-the-art research in automated field phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics.

The Center is a core component of the College of Agriculture’s plant sciences initiative, 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.

Writer: Darrin Pack, 765-494-8415,

Source: Katy Martin Rainey, 765-496-2926,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
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