Researchers discuss how phenotyping can assist breeding and make the case for investing in new methodologies.
Modern phenotyping tools are crucial for crop improvement and breeders can profit much more from them.
Multispectral and thermal images taken by cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles are helping researchers to monitor the resistance of maize to tar spot complex and other foliar diseases.
These technologies, known as high-throughput phenotyping platforms, replace lengthy paper-based visual observations of crop trials.
For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture.