Integrated Phenomics Laboratory

Plant phenomics is a science concerned with the recovery and analysis of quantitative descriptions of plant structure and function from image and sensor data. A major challenge is to apply phenotyping methods across a range of relevant and challenging environments. This project deploys 2D and 3D canopy measurement techniques in a laboratory with controlled environment facilities suitable for replicating a range of agricultural climates. The Integrated Phenomics Laboratory extends current work developing 3D canopy imaging techniques to the construction of an automated 3D scanning robot with the ability to measure functional properties such as photosynthetic efficiency (chlorophyll fluorescence), spectral reflectance and thermography. It will uniquely produce 3D representations of photosynthetic function in complex structures such as crop plants. The complimentary 2D imaging system will deploy multiple sensors over an array of younger plants.