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International Symposium “Frontiers in the development and application of plant phenotyping: What are we seeking in plant phenotyping?”

Date: October 12, 2023, Thursday (Starts at 10:00 a.m.; JST, UTC+9)

(On-site) Ichijo Hall, Yayoi Auditorium, The University of Tokyo, 1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo, Japan 113-0032
(Online) Zoom Webinar

Registration: Free

We are pleased to announce that International Symposium “Frontiers in the development and application of plant phenotyping: What are we seeking in plant phenotyping” will be held in a hybrid form on October 12, 2023.

Currently, many plant phenotyping technologies are being developed around the world. On the other hand, how to apply such phenotyping technologies or their data in breeding and plant science has not been fully discussed. Therefore, in this symposium, we requested nine experts in cutting-edge research using plant phenotyping technologies from abroad and Japan to introduce their research activities. We also would like to discuss the perspective of phenotyping technologies.

This symposium is supported by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan; the Moonshot Research and Development Program for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (funding agency: Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution, grant number: JPJ009237), The University of Tokyo, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO).

Organizing committee: Yusaku Uga (NARO), Toru Fujiwara (U. Tokyo), Nobuhiro Tanaka (NARO), Kaoru Yoshida (U. Tokyo)


JST JST   Speaker Title
9:30 10:00 Registration    
10:00 10:10 Opening remarks Kazuhiro Chiba
President, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
10:10 10:50 Keynote lecture Lee Hickey Turning big data into genetic gain: integrating phenomics and genomics to accelerate crop improvement
10:50 11:20 1st section of talks Michael Gomez Selvaraj Functional phenomics for improved climate resilience in tropical agriculture
11:20 11:50 1st section of talks Wei Guo IOT, Robotics and AI techniques in plant phenomics, case studies of agriculture in Japan
11:50 13:20   Lunch  
13:20 13:50 2nd section of talks Yusaku Uga Root design using nondestructive phenotyping for the development of climate-resilient crops
13:50 14:20 2nd section of talks Borjana Arsova Use of phenotyping technologies in improving plant performance under abiotic stress, focusing on plant nutrient uptake and interaction with beneficial microbes
14:20 14:50 2nd section of talks Christophe Salon From morphological to functional root traits assessment with high throughpout phenotyping
14:50 15:10   Coffee break  
15:10 15:40 3rd section of talks Rick van de Zedde Phenotyping technology adoption and our quest to cope with climate change
15:40 16:10 3rd section of talks Miki Fujita Development of an automated plant phenotyping system RIPPS and analysis of plant stress responses
16:10 16:30 3rd section of talks Toru Fujiwara Overview of the Moonshot program “Achieving zero food risks by improving crop robustness using cyber-physical systems”
16:30 16:55 General discussion    
16:55 17:00 Closing remarks Toru Fujiwara  
17:30 19:30 Reception    


Introduction of our speakers (order of presentation)

Dr. Lee Hickey Dr. Lee Hickey
Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Theme Leader of Predictive Agriculture
The University of Queensland
Dr. Michael Gomez Selvaraj Dr. Michael Gomez Selvaraj
Leader, Phenomics Platform
Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Dr. Wei Guo Dr. Wei Guo
Associate professor
The University of Tokyo
Dr. Yusaku Uga Dr. Yusaku Uga
Group leader
Dr. Borjana Arsova Dr. Borjana Arsova
Head of research – Root Dynamics Group IBG 2 – Plant Sciences
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Dr. Christophe Salon Dr. Christophe Salon
Research Manager, Head of 4PMI platform
Dr. Rick van de Zedde Dr. Rick van de Zedde
Project manager Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre
Wageningen University & Research
Dr. Miki Fujita Dr. Miki Fujita
Senior Technical Scientist
Dr. Toru Fujiwara Dr. Toru Fujiwara
The University of Tokyo



No registration fee
300 people can participate at the venue
1,000 people can participate in webinars
Deadline: October 6 October 4 or when maximum participants are reached.
*Those wishing to attend the reception must register by 21 September.

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Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariats:
E-mail:moonshot5TF(at)naro.affrc.go.jp  *Please replace (at) with @ when sending the e-mail.


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