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Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran Phenomics Lab

Phenomics Conference

Advances in Field-Based High-throughput Phenotyping and Data Management:
Grains and Specialty Crops

This event was in Spokane, Washington, in November 2015


  • Identifying the current status, gaps, and future research needs for field-based high throughput phenotyping to accelerate breeding efforts in grain and specialty crops.
  • Taking an integrated effort to develop and share resources (technologies-platforms and sensors, protocols, data processing algorithms, data management procedures) for high-throughput phenotyping.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Develop a roadmap to derive field-phenomics future directions.
  • Develop a multi-state project as a tool for resource and knowledge sharing through continuing collaboration.
  • Develop multidisciplinary teams to develop integrated projects.

Tentative Topics:

  • Plant Breeding, Physiology, and Phenotyping
  • Sensors and Automation in Field Phenomics
  • Data Management Issues
  • Education & Private-Public Collaborations

 Speakers and Moderators:

  • Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., Washington State University, Plant Genomics and Biotechnology.
  • Arron Carter, Ph.D., Washington State University, Winter Wheat Breeding Program.
  • David Brown, Ph.D., Washington State University, Modeling Soil Spatial Variability.
  • David Slaughter, Ph.D., University of California Davis, Sensing and Automation for High-throughput Phenotyping.
  • Dorrie Main, Ph.D., Washington State University, Plant Genome Databases.
  • Duke Pauli, Ph.D., Cornell University, High-throughput Phenotyping Technologies in Cotton.
  • Edgar Spalding, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Plant Biology and Phenomics.
  • Edwin Reidel, Ph.D., LemnaTec.
  • Gary McMurray, Ph.D., Georgia Tech, Advanced Robotic Systems.
  • Gennaro Fazio, Ph.D., USDA-ARS, Apple Breeding Program.
  • Ibrahim Volkan Isler, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Robotics in Phenotyping.
  • Jack Okamuro, Ph.D., USDA-ARS, Biotechnology and Genomics.
  • Jan Eitel, Ph.D., University of Idaho, Remote Sensing in Agriculture.
  • Kate Evans, Ph.D., Washington State University, Pome Breeding Program.
  • Laura Lavine, Ph.D., Washington State University, Assistant Director, WSU Agricultural Research Center.
  • Lee Kalcsits, Ph.D., Washington State University,Tree Fruit Physiology.
  • Martha Narro, University of Arizona, ‎iPlant Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure.
  • Sindhuja Sankaran, Ph.D., Washington State University, Advanced Sensing for High-throughput Phenotyping.
  • Stefan Schwartz, Phenospex.
  • Stephen Ficklin, Ph.D., Washington State University, Systems Genetics and Bioinformatics.
  • Vidyasagar Sathuvalli, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Potato Breeding Program.
  • Xu (Kevin) Wang, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Field-based High-throughput Phenotyping.

Organizing Team: Drs. Sindhuja Sankaran, Arron H. Carter, David Slaughter, Helmut Kirchhoff, Jack Okamuro, Jesse Poland, Lee Kalcsits.




Contact Sindhuja Sankaran

Phone: 509-335-8828


Citation: Sankaran, S., Carter, A.H., Slaughter, D.C., Kirchhoff, H., Okamuro, J.K., Poland, J., and Kalcsits, L.A. 2016. Conference Summary Report on ‘Advances in Field-Based High-throughput Phenotyping and Data Management: Grains and Specialty Crops’.

Funded by:


Dinner sponsor:

University of California, Davis

Kansas State University

Washington State University

WSU Plant Phenomics Center