The PhenomUK Infrastructure Scoping project will produce a business plan and proposal for an effective and sustainable nationwide plant and crop phenotyping infrastructure, for submission to UKRI.
Plant phenotyping requires a rich mix of both human expertise and technology. Sensors must be selected or created and positioned around the plant(s) by bioscientists and engineers. Data storage must be designed and maintained by computer scientists and IT professionals who must also, in collaboration with scientific and/or industrial users, identify techniques turning raw sensor data into domain-specific measurements (phenes). Further statistical analysis and data integration is required to generate the biological knowledge that is the true goal. All research infrastructure rely on contributions from colleagues in a range of roles and at different career stages. Research Technical Professionals are critical, and many early adopters are likely to be Early Career Researchers.The PhenomUK scoping activity will consider and strive to meet the needs of all sections of the diverse, multidisciplinary UK phenomics community.