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4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

December 13 – 15, 2016

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

El Batán, Texcoco, México (Near Mexico City)
Early bird registration deadline: October 16, 2016

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    4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium
    International Plant Phenotyping Network

    Phenotyping is key to understanding the physiological and genetic bases of plant growth and adaptation and their application for crop improvement. A revolution in phenomics is taking place, using non-invasive technologies based on spectral reflectance from plant tissue. Automated proximal sensing in controlled environments has sufficient resolution for detailed genetic and physiological dissection in model plant species. Aerial imaging using manned or unmanned low-flying vehicles or even satellites is transforming field phenotyping, at scales ranging from individual plots for breeding to entire fields to characterize agro-ecosystems.

    The Symposium will focus on three themes:

    • Advances in Plant Phenotyping Technologies to explore the frontiers of what can be sensed remotely and other technological breakthroughs.
    • Phenotyping for Crop Improvement to consider the application of phenotyping technologies for crop improvement (breeding, crop husbandry, and estimating the productivity of agro-ecosystems).
    • Adding Value to Phenotypic Data to review how phenomics and genomics can combine to improve crop simulation models and breeding methodologies (e.g., genomic selection).

    On the final day of the symposium, participants can attend Interactive Workshops on needs, opportunities and bottlenecks in phenotyping, with an eye to developing short position papers for a proceedings or journal special issue. There will also be a field trip to the nearby archeological complex of Teotihuacan, including the mysterious sun and moon pyramids.

    This is the 4th international symposium within the framework of IPPN. http://www.plant-phenotyping.org/IPPS

  • Program

    Presenter Institute Country
    Venue: Knowledge Management Centre
    Monday 12th December * Satellite meetings
    Morning IPPN Working Group: Root phenotyping
    Afternoon IPPN General Assembly (IPPN members only)
    Monday 12th December (Evening)
    5:00-7:30pm Registration Open
    6:00-7:30pm Welcome Cocktail
    7:30pm Buses leave for hotels
    Tuesday 13th December  (Morning)
    7:30 Buses leave to CIMMYT
    8:00 Registration re-opens
    Welcome Address
    8:15 The International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) – a global forum for plant phenotyping Ulrich Schurr Ulich Germany
    Keynote talks
    8:30 Comprehensive data harvesting for field phenomics and knowledge discovery Masayuki Hirafuji NARO / University of Tsukuba Japan
    9:00 TBD Berni Jimenez CSIRO Australia
    Selected Talks
    9:30 PhénoField ®, a high-throughput phenotyping platform to screen genotype response to drought in field conditions. Antoine Fournier ARVALIS France
    9:45 Exploring the rizhosphere: Imagining root-soil interaction using x-ray Computed Tomography Saoirse Tracy University College Dublin Ireland
    10:00 Automated segmetation of potato tuber computed tomography measurements for non-destructive biomass determination Stefan Gerth Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – Development Center X-ray Technology Germany
    10:15 Questions and Discussion
    10:30 Coffee Break
    11:00 3-D imaging approaches in quantitative plant phenotyping: Applications scenarios in t`he lab and in the field Mark Mueller-Linow Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH Germany
    11:15 High throughputout estimation of incident light, light interception and radiation-use efficienciy of thousands of plants in a phenotyping platform Llorenç Cabrera-Bosquet INRA LEPSE France
    11:30 Holistic and component-based dynamic vegetative-stage plant phenotying analysis Sruti Das Choudhury University of Nebraska – Lincoln USA
    11:45 Using LIDAR for forage yield measurement if perennials ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) field plots Kioumars Ghamkhar AgResearch New Zealand
    12:00 Plant phenotyping reveals genetic and physiplogical factors of plant performance Thomas Altmann Leibnitz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben Germany
    12:15 Capabilities of the field phenotyping platform FIP demostrated by characterization of the time series of canopy cover in wheat as related to G x E interaction Kang Yu ETH Zurich Switzerland
    12:30 Questions and Discussion
    1:00 Lunch
    Tuesday 13th December  (Afternoon)
    Chair Jose Crossa
    Keynote talks
    2:00 Will high throughput phenotyping and genotyping techniques help us to better predict GxE interactions? Perspectives from statistics and crop growth modelling Fred van Eeuwijk Biometris, Wageningen University and Research Centre Netherlands
    2:30 Phenotyping for crop improvement in a diversity of climatic scenarios Francois Tardieu INRA France
    Selected Talks
    3:00 Strategies to hanlde root hydraulic architecture at multiple scales Xavier Draye Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
    3:15 Using structural models to validate and improve root image analysis pipelines Guillaume Lobet Forschungszentrum Jülich / Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
    3:30 Combining throughput phenotypic and QTL mapping to reveal the dynamic genetic architecture of maize plant crop Chenglong Huang Huazhong Agricultural University China
    3:45 Use of high-throughput phenotyping at CIMMYT-New models, challenge and perspectives Juan Burgueño CIMMYT Mexico
    4:00 Using high-throughput phenotyping to improve accuracy in genomic prediction – Examples of crop simulated traits Daniela Bustos-Korts Wageningen University Netherlands
    4:15 Questions and Discussion
    4:30 Coffee Break
    5:00-6:30 Poster Sessions: Advances in Plant Phenotyping Technologies & Adding Value to Phenotypic Data
    6:00-7:30 Cocktail and Music
    7:30 Buses return to hotels
    Wednesday 14th December (Morning)
    7:30 Buses leave to CIMMYT
    Chairs: April Agee Carroll and Maurice Moloney
    Keynote talks
    8:00 Phenotyping for root-based gains in crop productivity Michelle Watt Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH Germany
    8:30 Multi-modality remote sensing and data analysis for high throughput phenotyping Melba Crawford Purdue University, USA USA
    9:00 Phenotryping at Bayer Hypercare farms Elisa Liras Bayer Crop Science France
    Selected Talks
    9:30 Reducing lodging in irrigated wheat: focus on stem and root characteristics and HTP methods M. Fernanda Dreccerq CSIRO Australia
    9:45 LeasyScan reloaded: 3D scanning plus seamless monitoring of crop canopy and water use Vicent Vadez ICRISAT India
    10:00 Coffee Break
    Selected Talks cont
    10:30 Extending the phenotype – integration of field and glasshouse phenotyping with crop modelling Scott C. Chapman CSIRO Australia
    10:45 Phenotyping and GWAS for rice improvement: A strategy and partial results towards multi-trait ideotype construction by genome editing Michael Dingkuhn CIRAD, IRRI Philippines
    11:00 Scalable in-field phenotyping platforms for dynamic measurements for perfomance related traits in bread wheat Ji Zhou Earlham Institute and John Innes Centre United Kingdom
    11:15 Effective delivery of Phenomics in commercial breeding is more a question of what and when, not how? Greg Rebetzke CSIRO Australia
    11:30 Plant disease phenomics: Identification of quantitative resistance in crop plants usinf phenomic approaches Stephen Rolphe University of Sheffield United Kingdom
    11:45 Strategies for crop field-based high throughput phenotyping (FB-HTP) in breeding using UAV platforms Jiangang Liu Beijing Agricultural Information Technology Research Center China
    12:00 Questions and Discussion
    12:30 Lunch
    Wednesday 14th December (Afternoon)
    Selected Talks cont
    1:30 Remote sensing for crop improvement: From research to industry Sebastien Praud BIOGEMMA France
    1:45 Testing the efficacy of large-scale field phenotyping in genomic selection to accelerate wheat breeding Eric Ober National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) United Kingdom
    2:00 Phenotyping for abiotic stress tolerance in crops: Indian initiatives Jagadish Rane ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management(NIASM) India
    2:15 Phenotyping for breeding and physiological pre-breeding Francisco Pinto CIMMYT Mexico
    2:30 Questions and Discussion
    Chair: Rodomiro Ortiz
    2:45 Harmonizing efforts among phenotyping initiatives: bottlenecks and opportunities José Luis Araus University of Barcelona Spain
    3:15 Introduction to Workshop Themes & Sign Up Matthew Reynolds CIMMYT Mexico
    3:45 Coffee Break
    4:15-5:45 Poster Session: Phenotyping for Crop Improvement
    6:00-9:00 Conference Dinner
    Thursday 15th December
    7:30 Buses leave hotels
    8:00-8:15 Workshop room assignments
    8:15-11:30 Parallel workshops (facilitated by leader and scribe)
    Coffee available 9:30-10:30
    11:30-12:30 Bief reports from Workshops (plenary)
    12:30-12:50 Closing Session
    1:00-6:00 Trip to Pyramids with packed lunch
    Friday 16th December * Satellite meetings
    Wheat Imitative EWG Phenotyping (EWG members only)
    Morning Wheat Initiative EWG Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress (EWG members only)
    Afternoon Joint meeting EWG Phenotyping and AWAS


  • Satellite meetings

    Monday 12th December
    Morning IPPN Working Group: Root phenotyping

    Afternoon IPPN General Assembly (IPPN members only)
    Friday 16th December
    Wheat Imitative EWG Phenotyping (EWG members only)
    Morning Wheat Initiative EWG Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress (EWG members only)
    Afternoon Joint meeting EWG Phenotyping and AWAS

    More to come; check this space for updates

  • Call for papers

    The call for oral or poster presentations is now open (Click here). The registration fees are listed below.

    Please indicate if you want your presentation to be considered for a talk.

    Submission deadlines:
    abstracts for a talk: August 28th
    abstracts for posters: October 15th

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

    We look forward to welcoming you at CIMMYT in Mexico!

  • Registration

    Registration is now open (Click here). The registration fees are as below.

    Category Fee* IPPN Members Fee**
    Registered student US $325 US $225
    Academia US $470 US $330
    Industry US $600 US $420

    * After the closure of the pre-registration (October 16, 2016), an additional charge of $100 USD will be made to all categories.

    ** IPPN members will have a 30% discount on the registration

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

    We look forward to welcoming you at CIMMYT in Mexico!

  • Partners

  • Sponsorship opportunities

    Details Cost
    Stalls 3m x 3m: Desk in the conference venue, adjoining the Session Hall (includes a table, two chairs, one 220V electric power supply with a triple plug). Companies can display one standee or one banner at their respective stall. One fee symposium registration is included 2,500 USD
    Conference Lunch / Dinner: (company logos can be displayed on the tables)

    3,000 USD

    Conference Material
    Half page advertisement in the book of abstracts(color digital) 600 USD
    Full page advertisement in the book of abstracts(color digital) 900 USD
    Production costs of the book of abstracts (Acknowledgment in the book) 1,500 USD
    Promotion Material (to be provided by the company)
    Conference bag (with company logo) 500 USD
    Flyer (with company logo) 300 USD
    Pen (with company logo) 300 USD
    Notepad (with company logo) 300 USD
    Other company documents/give aways 300 USD
    Company poster in a dedicated area 400 USD

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

  • Organizers

    Local organizing committee

    • Matthew Reynolds, Chair
    • Bruno Gerard
    • Martin Kropff
    • Jennifer Nelson
    • Carolina Saint Pierre
    • Urs Schulthess
    • Viridiana Silva
    • Sam Trachsel

    International organizing committee

    • Ulrich Schurr, Chair IPPN
    • April Carroll
    • Maurice Moloney
    • Roland Pieruschka
    • Matthew Reynolds
    • Xavier Sirault
  • IPPN Travel Grant


    The IPPN encourages mobility among researchers and enhances international contacts between research groups. With this grant IPPN specifically supports early career researchers selected from submitted applications who wish to participate in the International Plant Phenotyping Symposium in Mexico, 13-15 December 2016. Depending on the available resources. 3-5 applicants will be funded.


    • The grant covers all travel expenses.
    • Submission deadline: 15.09.2016
    • Applicants have to actively participate in the symposium and submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation
    • Announcement of results: by 15.10.2016

    Profile and conditions

    • You are affiliated to a university or a research institution and you are an early career scientist, PhD student or postdoc who finished his PhD after 1.1.2014.
    • The travel grant covers all the travel (economy tickets) and accommodation (standard accommodation) expense and the applicants are asked to provide an estimate of travel and accommodation costs with the application.
    • The application includes:
      • Short CV (max 1 page)
      • Recommendation letter (max. 1 page)
      • Short motivation letter (max 2 pages)

    Please submit the application files to: ippn@fz-juelich.de

  • Other Information


    Hotel reservations will be made in Texcoco and near CIMMYT. Bookings will be made on a first-come-first-served basis and you will be informed concerning you where you are booked. You can also use our friendly Online Booking System to book a Hotel fast and easy.
    Participants are responsible for paying their own reservations directly with the hotel. The room rates are approximately USD $60 to $80 per night.

    Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, November 18th, 2016. After November, the rooms that have been held for participants will be released.

    To make a hotel reservation click here.

    If you are looking for a roommate to share hotel costs, please write to:


    Authorized taxis can be engaged from inside the Mexico City airport (near the exit from the customs area); service to CIMMYTs cost about USD $45. CIMMYT’s campus is in Texcoco, State of Mexico, about 45 km northeast of downtown Mexico City.

    Traveling to the meetings

    Buses will pick up participants each morning from the hotels to taken them to the CIMMYT campus.


El Batan, Texcoco, México

Start Date:

December 13, 2016

End Date:

December 15, 2016


Viridiana Silva

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Course cost:

$325 - $600 USD