Less than 20% of global acreage today is managed using precision (digital) agriculture technologies.
Accelerating Plant Breeding and Optimizing Farming Practices Through High-Performance Computing
Research focus: The initial goals of this research will be on digitizing crop phenotypes (the observable characteristics controlled by genetics and environment) to accelerate plant breeding and creating digital technologies to improve agricultural practices and local agri-business in the developing world.
This science area is highly trans-disciplinary and will have a profound effect on crop science, plant breeding and agricultural practice. The challenge will be bringing together a cohesive multi-disciplinary team required to build this area for GIFS. This research will provide a digital signature for plant phenotypes, and advanced image analysis software utilizing high-performance computation will convert plant breeding from an analogue-to-digital activity to a digital-to-digital activity, allowing genotypes to be linked to phenotypes computationally.