A 'Fitbit' for plants? Low-cost, portable platform to gauge plant health

Plant breeders test their experiments by growing the seeds of their labor. They cross two different plants that have desirable traits. They sow the resulting seeds and evaluate the results, hoping to find a candidate variety that is better than anything currently available.

The "laboratory" is often an outdoor field with thousands of plants. Farmers have monitored their fields for millennia by simply walking among the rows of plants, observing changes over time, and noting which plants do better.

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Wheat Sequencing Consortium Releases Key Resource to the Scientific Community

Following the January 2016 announcement of the production of a whole genome assembly for bread wheat, the  International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium(IWGSC), having completed quality control, is now making this breakthrough resource available for researchers via the  IWGSC wheat sequence repository at URGI-INRA-Versailles, France . 

Wheat breeders and scientists around the world will be able to download and use this invaluable new resource to accelerate crop improvement programs and wheat genomics research. The dataset will facilitate the identification of genes associated with important agricultural traits such as yield increase, stress response, and disease resistance and, ultimately, will make possible the production of improved wheat varieties for farmers.

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Friday March 24, 2016 Field Phenomics Seminar

FIELD PHENOMICS IN BREEDING

Friday March 24, 4031 Throckmorton Hall

Presented by Scott Chapman, Ph.D. 

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, The University of Queensland Australia

ABSTRACT: Despite justified skepticism of statements in the modeling literature, some breeders have the expectation that the quantitative application of gene to phenotype understanding within crop models will contribute substantially to the future of plant breeding....read more.

Wheat takes a walk on the wild side

Tucked quietly away in the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center is a treasure trove of genetics from around the globe. The Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) is an internationally-recognized gene bank that curates and houses more than 247,500 seeds from 2,500 wheat and wild wheat species accessions.

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Kansas State University welcomes Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar, Scott Chapman

Scott Chapman is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO in Australia and is visiting Kansas State University as a Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar for six months. 

Scott's research interests lie in the genetic and environment effects on the growth of field crops, particularly where drought dominates. He is looking at the application of quantitative approaches (crop simulation and statistical methods) and phenotyping (aerial imaging, canopy monitoring) to integrate the understanding of interactions of genetics, growth and development and the bio-physical environment on crop yield.

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