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Partnership NWO-domein TTW-Rijk Zwaan
Please note the extended deadline: 30th of May, 14.00 CE(S)T
Plant diseases are major threats in global agriculture, accounting for severe reductions in global yields. Not surprisingly, breeding companies invest generously in breeding programmes related to plant disease resistances. So far, plant disease severity is assessed with visual inspection of plants by trained professionals, who categorize disease severity according to a pre-defined scale. While this approach has been employed to identify resistance sources for decades, it is subject to intrinsic pitfalls which reduce the reliability of disease estimates. In addition, substantial variation is observed both between individual professionals as well as between different assessments by the same professional. This problem is becoming more and more important for the identification of plant genotypes holding rather intermediate albeit stable resistance to a wide range of plant pathogens. As a solution, the use of automated and high-throughput digital imaging in plant disease phenotyping may allow for accurate, reproducible and multi-dimensional data collection. In turn, this will greatly facilitate accurate trait discovery as well as the efficient development of diagnostic molecular markers in plant breeding programmes.
The aim of the Partnership programme titled ‘Digital phenotyping of plan-pathogen interactions’ is to generate a quantum leap for the efficient phenotyping of disease resistance tests.
The unique character of the Partnership programme is the collaboration of Rijk Zwaan and technical as well as ‘green’ universities on the cutting edge of plant responses and data generation and their interpretation. This will provide new links between research groups focusing on ‘traditional’ phenotyping of plant diseases and research groups that focus on ‘technical’ elements such as imaging and scanning facilities. As initiator of this Partnership programme, Rijk Zwaan will ensure the translation of this research towards practical and value-adding tools.
We invite scientists to submit a dedicated proposal aligned to the scope of the programme that may provide answers to scientific and technological challenges within the area of digital phenotyping of plant-pathogen interactions.
Proposals (see format below) need to be submitted before Tuesday 30th of May 2017, 14.00 CE(S)T. Proposals are to be submitted to NWO Domain TTW via the online application system ISAAC. Applications not submitted via ISAAC will not be considered.
Through the following links you will be able to find the documents related to this Partnership Call: Digital phenotyping of plant-pathogen interactions.