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Innovative phenotyping technologies for the 21st century seed science research Workshop: February 24-25th, Cambridge Crop Research NIAB

February 24 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 3:30 pm

Free

 

Workshop Venue (also available online via Zoom) FREE to Join, catering provided.

Cambridge Crop Research NIAB

Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge

93 Lawrence Weaver Road

Cambridge CB3 0LE

Innovative phenotyping technologies for the 21st century seed science research Workshop February 24th -25th 2022

Seeds underpin agriculture and the conservation of wild species and have an integral role in addressing the consequences of climate change such as food security and biodiversity loss. Seed traits are diverse and comprise of morphological, physiological, molecular, or biochemical features that relate to the dispersal, persistence, or germination of seeds, as well as their subsequent establishment as seedlings. For performance testing, germination frequency and seed vigour are key metrics. For example, seed germination rate is used for certification, developing guidance on sowing density, and agricultural insurance models, and to quantify key establishment traits (e.g., environmental thresholds), whereas seed vigour describes rates and the uniformity of seed emergence that links to faster canopy closure, weed suppression, and crop yields.

Presently, phenotyping seed traits is largely reliant on manual inspections by in-house experts or external testing companies, which is time consuming and subject to human error. This is further complicated in the seeds of wild species by considerable inter- and intra-specific trait variation. Beyond crop seeds, demands of innovative seed phenotyping technologies have driven movement toward digitising seed testing and data management, requiring automated imaging platforms and low-cost analytic systems with limited human inputs.

This workshop will bring together leading seed researchers and representatives from academia, industry, and authorised seed testing centres, to exchange their research and development, so that new improvements can be made to existing hardware, sensing, control software, and computer vision based analytic systems, for seed science research on a range of crop, model, and wild species. The workshop is organised by Dr Charlotte Seal and Prof Hugh Pritchard at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Prof Ji Zhou at Cambridge Crop Research NIAB, with supports from Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge. Workshop participants will be invited to visit facilities at NIAB and CSC Cambridge, as well as to jointly come up innovative ideas focusing on next generation seed imaging, sensing and analytics solutions.

Names and Bios of invited speakers:

Dr Richard Harrison (Director of Cambridge Crop Research, NIAB; https://www.niab.com/about/people/dr-richard-harrison)

Prof Tony Pridmore (Director of PhenomUK, Univerity of Nottingham; https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/computerscience/people/tony.pridmore)

Prof Hugh Pritchard (Senior Research Leader, Kew; https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people/hugh-w-pritchard)

Dr Charlotte Seal (Research Leader, Kew; https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people/charlotte-seal)

Dr Jens Michael Carstensen (CEO, Videometer; https://www.linkedin.com/in/jens-michael-carstensen-24988b/?originalSubdomain=dk)

Mr Roger Noble (Founder and CEO, Zegami; https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-noble/?originalSubdomain=uk)

Dr Noam Chayut (Senior Scientist, John Innes Centre; https://www.jic.ac.uk/people/noam-chayut/)

Dr Phil Howell (Head of Cereals Pre-Breeding, NIAB-Cambridge; https://www.niab.com/about/people/dr-phil-howell)

Dr Laura Bowden (GM Manager, Official Seed Testing Station for Scotland, SASA; https://www.sasa.gov.uk/content/dr-laura-bowden)

Dr Jane Thomas (Senior Pathology Special Advisor, NIAB-Cambridge; https://www.niab.com/about/people/dr-jane-thomas)

Mr Nick Watson (Director of Commercial Services, NIAB-Cambridge; https://www.niab.com/about/people/nick-watson)

Dr Natasha (Nataliya) Elina (Head of Group, CSC, University of Cambridge; https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/directory/natasha-elina)

Dr Bryant Ruth (Plant Breeding Pathologist, RAGT; https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-bryant-7aa38a26/?originalSubdomain=uk)

Mr David Booty (Technical Director, Omex Fertilisers; https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-booty-2247a73/?originalSubdomain=uk)

Dr Louise Colville (Research Leader, Kew; https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people/louise-colville)

Dr Anne Visscher (Research Fellow, Kew; https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people/anne-visscher)

Mr Josh Colmer (PhD candidate, Earlham Institute; https://www.earlham.ac.uk/joshua-colmer)

Prof Ji Zhou (Head of Data Sciences, NIAB-Cambridge; https://www.niab.com/about/people/professor-ji-zhou)

 

Workshop programme (9th Feb 2022)

Day One (24th February 2022):

Venue: NIAB/CSC Mulberry seminar room (a mixed meeting, 25-30 in person and up to 200 online audience)

10:00-11:00     Welcome coffee

11:00-11:15     Welcome + NIAB-Cambridge introduction, Dr Richard Harrison (Director of Cambridge Crop Research, NIAB)

11:15-11:30     “PhenomUK A National Plant Phenomics Network”, Prof Tony Pridmore (Director of PhenomUK, Univerity of Nottingham)

11.30-12.05     “Kew Science, seed traits research and seed vigour”, Prof Hugh Pritchard (Senior Research Leader, Kew)

12:05-12:35     “Seed germination threshold models – temperature, water stress, salt”, Dr Charlotte Seal (Research Leader, Kew)

12:35-13:15     Lunch break (visit NIAB-CSC facilities, Mr Olaf Kranse (CSC), Dr Chagncai Yai and Prof Ji Zhou (NIAB))

13:15-13:35     Industrial Talk – “LED spectral imaging for rapid and versatile seed analysis”, Dr Jens Michael Carstensen (CEO, Videometer)

13:35-13:55     Industrial Talk – “AI and the future of Agriculture”, Mr Roger Noble (Founder and CEO, Zegami)

13:55-14:25     “Cereal seed longevity under cool dry conditions: lessons from the conservation of the UK small-grain collection”, Dr Noam Chayut (Senior Scientist, John Innes Centre)

14:25-14:50     “Seed phenotyping within NIAB’s pre-breeding research”, Dr Phil Howell (Head of Cereals Pre-Breeding, NIAB-Cambridge)

14:50-15:10     Coffee break

15:15-15:40     Online presentation – “Seed testing and seed research at SASA”, Dr Laura Bowden (GM Manager, Official Seed Testing Station for Scotland, SASA)

15:40-16:15     “Managing seed-borne pathogens in arable and horticultural crops”, Dr Jane Thomas (Senior Pathology Special Advisor, NIAB-Cambridge)

16:15-16:40     “NIAB OSTS and seed testing services”, Mr Nick Watson (Director of Commercial Services, NIAB-Cambridge)

17:45-18:30     Drink at Dutch (34 Eddington Ave, Cambridge CB3 1SE)

18:30-20:30     Dinner at Kota Bar & Kitchen (37 Eddington Ave, Cambridge CB3 1SE)

 

Day Two (25th February 2022)

Venue: NIAB/CSC Mulberry seminar room (a mixed meeting, 25-30 in person and up to 200 online audience)

09:15-09:40    “Seed longevity: relationships with phylogeny and storage environment”, Dr Louise Colville (Research Leader, Kew)

09:40-10:05    Industrial Talk – “How image analysis has the potential the help plant breeding”, Dr Bryant Ruth (Plant Breeding Pathologist, RAGT)

10:05-10:30    Industrial Talk – “Challenges and Opportunities for Nutrient and Biostimulant Seed Treatments”, Mr David Booty (Technical Director, Omex Fertilisers)

10:30-10:45     Coffee break

10:45-11:15     “Crop Breeding Technologies and CSC”, Dr Natasha (Nataliya) Yelina (Head of Group, CSC, University of Cambridge)

11:15-11:45     Online presentation – “Diversity of seed covering structures: biophysical properties”, Dr Anne Visscher (Research Fellow, Kew)

11:45-12:10     “SeedGerm: An AI-Based Platform for Phenotypic Analysis of Seed Germination”, Mr Josh Colmer (PhD candidate, Earlham Institute)

12:10-12:35     “Dynamic trait analysis using spectral and morphological features to empower seed science research”, Prof Ji Zhou (Head of Data Sciences, NIAB-Cambridge)

12:35-13:15     Lunch break (visit NIAB-CSC facilities, Mr Olaf Kranse (CSC), Dr Chagncai Yai and Prof Ji Zhou (NIAB))

13:15-14:00     Group discussion (three groups, wild seeds, seed treatment and seed testing)

14:00-14:45     Collaboration ideas (three groups, wild seeds, seed treatment and seed testing)

14:45-15:00     Wrapping up and looking forward, Prof Hugh Pritchard (Kew)

15:00                 Close

 

 

 

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Start:
February 24 @ 9:00 am
End:
February 25 @ 3:30 pm
Cost:
Free

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