High-Throughput Seed Phenotyping with James Clohessy


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“A Low-Cost Automated System for High-Throughput Phenotyping of Single Oat Seeds” with James Clohessy.

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to complete a simple task using overly complicated steps. James Clohessy and his team are doing just the opposite. Using machine learning, web cameras, open software, and photogrammetry techniques, they’re developing low cost, high-throughput, high efficiency phenotyping systems. With these systems, researchers can save hours of time that would normally be spent on taking individual seed measurements by hand, such as height, width, and color, all while gaining greater detail about the seed such as volume and density.

Listen in to learn more about James’ new system as well as:

  • What are phenotyping and photogrammetry?
  • What are some of the applications of knowing seed size, color, and weight?
  • What are some of the limitations of high-throughput phenotyping?
  • What are some of the future applications of these machine learning systems?

If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.2135/tppj2018.07.0005

This paper is always freely available.

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CEU Quiz: http://www.agronomy.org/education/classroom/classes/814

Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Section: https://plbrgen.cals.cornell.edu/

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Dr. Guo’s Easy PPC program: http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/Field-Phenomics/ninolab/PhenotypingTools/EasyPCC.html

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