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What is phenotyping?

genotype x environment = phenotype

Phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics, is a term used frequently these days – and a technique that is now automated for field and controlled environments at Purdue.

Rapid advances in genomic data has presented great opportunity for researchers to translate that data into observable traits or “phenotypes.” Phenotypes are all observable characteristics of an organism influenced by genetics and the environment over time. The Institute for Plant Sciences has invested in advanced sensors and imaging to measure plant form and development over time so that researchers can link physical and biochemical observations with genetic information.

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Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility

Purdue's new Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility coming in 2018 will enable researchers to run experiments inside, under controlled conditions. At approximately 7,300 square feet, the state-of-the-art plant imaging facility will support the university [...]

Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center

The Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center at Purdue University, a 25,500-square-foot facility at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE), opened in fall 2016 and is the first field phenotyping facility of its kind in North America.   [...]


Study suggests new targets for improving soybean oil content

Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to impact the plant’s seeds, but a Purdue University study shows that genes affecting other plant parts deserve more attention.

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Purdue Center for Plant Biology members receive seed grant funding for research

Seven teams of Purdue Center for Plant Biology faculty will receive seed grant funding for various projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology.

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Yang named Purdue director of digital phenomics

Yang Yang, a Dow AgroSciences research scientist specializing in plant sensing technology, has been named director of digital phenomics at Purdue University.

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