International Workshop on Image Analysis Methods for the Plant Sciences

Thursday 6th September 2012 – University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, UK

This one-day workshop took place on Thursday 6 September at the Jubilee campus of the University of Nottingham. It began at 9:00 and finished at 17:30.

The workshop booklet, containing the programme and abstracts from talks and posters, is now available: Image Analysis Workshop booklet

Topics covered included:

  • Plant science-based image analysis from the subcellular to field scale
  • Novel plant imaging techniques
  • Developing algorithms into software tools for plant scientists
  • Plant phenotyping

Keynote speaker: Prof Edgar Spalding (University of Wisconsin Madison): Automated phenotyping of root behavior in mutant and naturally varying populations

Research groups represented include: Gatersleben, Georgia Tech, Ghent, Jülich, Louvain, Nottingham, INEB Portugal and ETH Zurich

Call for poster abstracts
Attendees are encouraged to display a poster at the lunchtime poster session. All abstracts submitted will also be considered for short oral presentations.

Abstract Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be prepared in English using UK spelling/grammar conventions
  • Title: no more than 200 characters (including spaces)
  • Authors: a complete list of authors separated by commas, with the presenting author listed first and indicated by an asterisk (*). Author’s affiliations should be included in parentheses following each author’s name. Only use Institutional names and Country (no postal addresses)
  • Email and postal address of the presenting author
  • Body: single paragraph no more than 2,000 characters long (including spaces).
  • Abstracts MAY NOT advertise a commercial product. They must not include a list of references, tables or graphics.
  • A single jpeg image may be submitted to accompany your abstract
  • Accepted poster format: up to A0 in size and portrait in orientation

Registration and deadline
The deadline for registration is extended to Wednesday 22nd August. The registration fee is £60 (£30 for attendees staying on from the Image Analysis for Biologists Summer School) and includes refreshments and lunch. Details for payment by bank payment and cheque will be supplied by email.

Registration has now closed.

The International Workshop on Image Analysis  Methods for the Plant Sciences seeks to bring together scientists actively engaged in the development of image analysis techniques and tools addressing problems arising within the plant sciences. This workshop aims to:

  • Review the image analysis methods and approaches currently being used and developed
  • Identify generic image analysis challenges arising across the plant sciences and techniques and approaches likely to lead to their solution
  • Promote collaboration within the developing plant image analysis community and raise the profile of bioimage analysis within the wider plant sciences

The importance of image data is well established in plant science; time-lapse photography was used as early as the 1930s  to measure the heights of seedlings after application of the phytohormone ethylene, providing important information about the timing of its effects on growth regulation. Today, a wide variety of image acquisition devices are available which can be deployed to analyse plant structure and development at a variety of scales.

Interest in automatic image analysis has increased significantly within plant science in recent years and there is clear evidence of an emerging bioimage analysis community working within the wider plant sciences to develop the required techniques. This community is, however, distributed across widely separated and disparate plant science research groups.

Tony Pridmore, Andrew French and Michael Pound (University of Nottingham) and Hannah Dee (Aberystwyth University)

Susie Lydon, CPIB Outreach Officer,

The International Workshop on Image Analysis Methods for the Plant Sciences is supported by an International Workshop Grant from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, The European Phenotyping Network, Syngenta,  CPIB and the UK Plant Phenomics Network.

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