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Phenotyping Whole Forests Will Help to Track Genetic Performance
- Dungey, Heidi S., Dash, Jonathan P., Pont, David, Clinton, Peter W., Watt, Michael S., Telfer, Emily J.
- Trends in plant science 2018 v.23 no.10 pp. 854-864
- forest trees, forestry, forests, genetic improvement, genomics, information systems, phenotype, remote sensing, spatial data, tree breeding
- Phenotyping is the accurate and precise physical description of organisms. Accurate and quantitative phenotyping underpins the delivery of benefits from genetic improvement programs in agriculture. In forest trees, phenotyping at an equivalent precision has been impossible because trees and forests are large, long-lived, and highly variable. These facts have restricted the delivery of genetic gains in forestry compared to other agricultural sectors. We describe a landscape-scale phenotyping platform that integrates remote sensing, spatial information systems, and genomics to facilitate the delivery of greater gains enabling forestry to catch up with other sectors. Combining remote sensing at a range of spatial and temporal scales with genomics will ultimately impact on tree breeding globally.