Phenomics capability development at AgResearch for better pasture and forage production
AgResearch, Grasslands Campus, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
New Zealand is recognised for the quality and productivity of its meat and dairy agriculture. Due to the strategic role of forages in securing the continuity of this high quality, accurate trait measurement is extremely important in modern breeding of these forage plants. Major developments have taken place to realise this need in recent years. Beyond automatic systems in contained environments, other promising developments can turn things around for high-throughput characterisation of plants at reasonable costs. Here, I revisit AgResearch’s new approach to the application of sensors and camera technology, describing recent use of non-destructive techniques for accurate phenotyping of a range of traits from yield and growth measurement to weed detection and targeting.