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After the given plant phenotype is reasonably understood and the potential economic value of the phenotype assessed in silico, ultimately, the tools enabling massive screening of such phenotype is inevitable to assist the breeding programs. To encounter the typical breeding population size and screen for the phenotype relevant for crop production improvement in target agro-eco-systems accurately and precisely we have developed relevant high-throughput phenotyping pipelines.

Why is it important?

Phenotyping or measuring key traits of crops such as drought tolerance is crucial in breeding and genetics to speed up the development of improved varieties. At ICRISAT, the lysimetric approach is being successfully used for phenotyping, particularly for plant responses to water stress related to drought and climate change adaptation.


The Innovation





Small Temporal Differences in Water Uptake among Varieties of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) are Critical for Grain Yield Under Terminal Drought

Plant and Soil, April, 2013

Vincent Vadez, Jana Kholova, Rattan S. Yadav, Charles Tom Hash



Transpiration Efficiency – New Insights into an Old Story

Journal of Experimental Botany, March 5, 2014

Vincent Vadez, Jana Kholova, Susan Medina, Aparna Kakkera, Hanna Anderberg




LeasyScan: a novel concept combining 3D imaging and lysimetry for high-throughput phenotyping of traits controlling plant water budget

Journal of Experimental Botany, June 1, 2015

Vincent Vadez,Jana Kholova, Gregoire Hummel, Uladzimir Zhokhavets,
S.K. Gupta and C. Tom Hash