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Crop Phenomics
    Crop Phenomics has been defined as the nondestructive and accurate acquisition of high-dimensional phenotypic data on an organism-wide scale through crop development. (Houle D, et al. Phenomics: the next challenge. Nat Rev Genet 2010, 11(12): 855-866.)
    We refer to phenotyping as the set of methodologies and protocols used to measure plant growth, architecture, and composition with a certain accuracy and precision at different scales of organization, from organs to canopies. (Fiorani F, Schurr U: Future scenarios for plant phenotyping. Annu Rev Plant Biol 2013, 64:267–291.)
    The quantitative analysis of structure and function of plants, the phenotyping of plants, has become a major bottleneck in research and applied use of plants. Innovative technological approaches targeting relevant traits are needed to quantitatively address key processes and understand the dynamic interactions between genetic constitution, molecular and biochemical processes with physiological responses leading to the development of phenotypes.
    Established in 2008, Crop Phenotyping Center (CPC), owning a multidisciplinary team, is a noncommercial research organization whose primary research directions are Crop Phenomics. The aim of CPC is to develop high-throughput and large-scale phenotyping tools to quantify the phenotypic traits through an cell level to plot wide scale. We believe the CPC benefits crop genetics and crop breeding, and will help foment the next green revolution.