North American Plant Phenotyping Network

Previous Events

The Midwest Big Data Hub All Hands Meeting in Digital Agriculture sponsored by the National Science Foundation

September 21, 2018

The Midwest Big Data Hub All Hands Meeting in Digital Agriculture sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will be held in Lincoln, NE on September 21, 2018. This is the second year for an event that we expect will become a preeminent regional meeting focused on the methodologies and technologies that enable Digital Agriculture, the associated data challenges, and the resulting insights into complex agricultural and agroecological systems.

The meeting was established by the Midwest Big Data Hub Digital Agriculture Community, a growing network devoted to building partnerships and resources that will address emerging issues in precision agriculture, ecosystem management and services, biosciences, socio-economic impacts, and data-related issues in the agricultural ecosystem. We have several ongoing projects among biologists, engineers, computer scientists, and allies that encompass UAS systems, plant sciences, and the future of education in agriculture. These projects emphasize how we collect and organize data, how we process it, and how we use it to develop statistical and conceptual frameworks to understand complexity in agricultural systems, from molecular to ecological scales. More information can be found at and

5th IPPN Imaging webinar - The de.NBI/ELIXIR service "PGP" for phenomics data publication event hosted by the Plant Phenomics network within the Plantae community.

Fri, Apr 6, 2018 10:30 - 11:30 AM (America/New_York)

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To dial in by phone: check these phone numbers - Conference ID: 536-399-875 #

Many high throughput phenotyping studies are published which used imaging-based methods to derive plant traits in a quantitative, non-invasive and reproducible manner. However, most of these studies do not give access to raw and result image datasets in the context of experimental metadata. According to the FAIR data management principles, the availability of and sustainable access to imaging datasets is one of the key criteria in the scientific value chain. Supported by the IPK Gatersleben, we herewith announce as pilot the free use of the “Plant Genomics and Phenomics” (PGP) (Arend et al., Database, 2016) data repository as service for IPPN and EMPHASIS partners to publish comprehensive data sets derived from imaging-based high throughput phenotyping experiments. The PGP scalable infrastructure enables to share and publish (imaging) datasets in the range of up to several gigabytes and fulfills the data publication policies of relevant scientific and data journals as well as funding agencies. PGP enables the assignment of permanently citable DOIs for suppl emental datasets or standalone data publications.

Phenome 2018

February 14 – 17, 2018
Tuscon, AZ

The 2nd annual Phenome 2018 conference will bring together a multidisciplinary community comprising plant biologists, ecologists, engineers, agronomists, computer scientists, and representatives from U.S. federal agencies in a rich and diverse networking environment to foster collaboration, innovation, and the initiation of multi-investigator and multi-institution projects. Phenome 2018 will also serve as a platform to generate greater understanding about plants and climate change. The conference will bring together preeminent speakers from Asia, Europe, and North America.

NAPPN General Assembly Meeting @ Phenome 2018

The North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN) is an association of researchers and professionals active in plant phenotyping, including developers and consumers of methods and technologies as well as plant biologists. NAPPN is connected to the global phenotyping community through the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) and its affiliates. Since the inaugural convening event in 2016, the NAPPN has met at Phenome conferences to connect with its members and engage in larger discussions on plant phenomics. Items on the agenda for the Assembly include announcements regarding approval of the Association Bylaws and the newly elected members of the NAPPN Executive Committee. Please plan to attend the NAPPN Assembly if you are interested in membership and learning more about the organization.

Plant Phenome Journal Webinar with Dr. Kari Hugie

The next The Plant Phenome Journal (TPPJ) webinar will be Monday, February 5, 2018 12 pm EST / 11am CST (5:00 pm GMT) (1st Monday of the month, as every month except due to holidays)

Dr. Kari Hugie from USDA ARS will be presenting on her accepted TPPJ paper “Using experimental design and spatial analyses to improve the precision of NDVI estimates in upland cotton field trials”

No registration is necessary. Dr. Hugie’s USDA research profile website is at

First Look of this article is now available online and Open Access, as are all TPPJ articles.

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Plant Phenome Journal Webinar with Ace Pugh

The Plant Phenome Journal (TPPJ) sponsored webinar for Monday, January 8, 2018 12 pm EST / 11am CST (5:00 pm GMT) (2nd Monday due to the holidays), is N. Ace Pugh from Texas A&M is presenting on his accepted TPPJ paper “Temporal Estimates of Crop Growth in Sorghum and Maize Breeding Enabled by Unmanned Aerial Systems”. No registration is necessary. Ace is a PhD student in Dr. William Rooney’s lab and the first author on the paper that arose from the TAMU UASAG project.

First Look of this article is now available online and Open Access, as are all TPPJ articles.

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II Latin-American Conference on Plant Phenotyping & Phenomics for Plant Breeding

September 20 – 22, 2017
São Carlos, SP, Brazil

From September 20 to 22, 2017, Brazil will host the Second Latin American Conference on Plant Phenotyping and Phenomics for Plant Breeding. In addition to the exchange of experts and presentations of new technologies, the conference will consolidate the initiatives of the first edition held at the University of Talca, Chile, among which are the sedimentation of the Latin American Plant Phenotyping Network (LatPPN).

The conference is being organized by Embrapa with financial support from National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) and technical support from the research group "Brazilian Network of Plant Phenotyping", the Brazilian Society of Plant Physiology (SBFV), and renowned international institutions working on the theme.

The event will cover the topics: plant phenotyping in the field, new non-invasive technologies, and phenotyping for crop improvement. The submission deadline is April 30th. Get involved!

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IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop

May 15 – 17, 2017
Jülich, Germany

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NAPPN General Assembly Meeting

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Meeting Document

International Plant & Animal Genome Conference:
PAG XXV Workshop: Technologies and applications in digital plant phenotyping

January 17, 2017
San Diego, California, USA

In this workshop, the North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN) will provide a venue for researchers to learn the “who’s who,” and “what’s what” in phenotyping technology from researchers using the latest techniques and vendors representing >80% of the phenotyping market. Two high impact keynotes plus five scientific lightning talks will highlight applications of phenomics technology in plant science research. Sponsoring companies will present five-minute briefs on their latest successes and future directions.

Digital phenomic data is crucial to fully benefit from the advances in genetic analysis and molecular engineering. However, the evolution from manual to digital and high throughput phenotyping proves to be difficult. Choosing where to start and understanding possibilities of the latest developments is a scientific discipline in itself. This workshop will provide space to accelerate inspiration, matchmaking and implementation of these cutting edge technologies by breeders and scientists into their day-to-day operations. It is a great opportunity to learn more about plant phenotyping applications, concepts and commercial state of the art technologies.

If you are interested in presenting a five-minute lightning talk on a cutting-edge application of digital phenotyping technology, send a brief abstract (200 words or less) to the NAPPN before 12-Dec, 2016.

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4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

December 13 – 15, 2016
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
El Batan, Texcoco, México

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North American Plant Phenotyping Inaugural Convening Event
August 29-31, 2016 (passed)
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

The NAPPN Inaugural Convening Event brought together 180 phenotyping experts from 11 countries, 34 companies, 30 academic institutions and a variety of commodity groups, nonprofit organizations and government agencies at a three-day conference on plant phenotyping.

Event Objectives

  1. Initiate formation of a Plant Phenotyping Network for North America (NAPPN), and
  2. Identify potential research thrusts in the pre-competitive space, and guide FFAR toward relevant public-private opportunities in plant phenotyping.

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April Agee Carroll, Purdue University
Jennifer Clarke, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Noah Fahlgren, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Malia Gehan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, Iowa State University
Argelia Lorence, Arkansas State University
John Reich, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

High-throughput Plant Phenotyping and Data Analysis
January 9-13, 2016
Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV
San Diego, CA USA

Workshop I: National Plant Genome Initiative Workshop - Challenges and Opportunities in High-Throughput Phenotyping and Data Management

Workshop II: BBSRC/NSF/ERA-CAPS - Challenges and Opportunities in Plant Science Data Management

Community Activity: Brainstorming for plant science, engineering, and computational efforts necessary to support predictive plant phenomics


Carolyn J. Lawrence-Dill, Iowa State University

Ruth Bastow, Earlham Institute

Katherine Denby, University of York

NSF IOS#1613452

Output: Advisory Whitepaper

Whitepaper participant list:
Anne Francois Adam-Blondon, Adedotun Akintayo, Carson Andorf, Elizabeth Arnaud, Darshi Banan, Ivan Baxter, Ed Buckler, Darwin Campbell, Steven Cannon, April Agee Carroll, Jackson Cothren, Robert Davey, Abdalla Dao, John Doonan, Shawn Dorius, Kate Dreher, David Ertl, Noah Fahlgren, Richard Finkers, Maren Freisen, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Georgios Gkoutos, Fiona Goggin, Michael Gore, Sharon Gray, Mingze He, Pankaj Jaiswal, Toni Kazic, Paul Kersey, Pierre Larmande, Andrew Leakey, David LeBauer, Xianran Li, Kara Lind, Argelia Lorence, Helene Lucas, David Marshall, John McKay, Richard Michelmore, Seth Murray, Pascal Neveu, Henry Nguyen, Trevor Nolan, Jesse Poland, Cyril Pommier, Yumou Qiu, Vishnu Ramasubramani, Chris Rawlings, Jean-Jack Riethoven, Elena Rice, Sindhu Sankaran, Patrick Schnable, Oskar Siemianowski, A.K. Singh, Uli Schurr, Mark Sorrells, Josh Stein, David Stern, Yiwei Sun, Christopher Topp, Bjorn Usadel, Harkamal Walia, Ramona Walls, Xu Wang, Doreen Ware, Xiaoqing Yu, and Jianfeng Zhou

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