NIFA FACT Workshop
High Throughput, Field-Based Phenotyping Technologies for the
Genomes to Fields (G2F) Initiative

January 28-30, 2018 | Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames, Iowa


Meeting the challenges facing US agriculture requires the development of more efficient methods for crop breeding. To address this need, the Genomes to Fields (G2F) Initiative has been growing commercially relevant maize hybrids at approximately two dozen field sites across the US every year since 2014.  The genotypes and phenotypes of these hybrids are being shared with the larger research community to support breeding research.

This G2F workshop on January 28-30, 2018 will bring together G2F data generators, engineers, computational scientists, industry scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students. The workshop will expose field-based G2F data generators to novel tools and approaches for data analysis, as well as best practices for gathering, processing and sharing G2F data with the larger research community.

Highlights of the workshop include:

  • Presentation topics focused on data analysis, interpretation, and collection
  • Panel session on entrepreneurship in the ag sector
  • Key deliverable – attendees will collaborate on a white paper that will provide the USDA with input on where to invest R&D dollars in this space
  • Four graduate student attendees will be selected to present at the workshop
  • DuPont Pioneer tour (optional) of plant genetics and phenotyping facilities

Attendees will be encouraged to deploy on their home campuses a strategy designed to stimulate collaborations among plant scientists, engineers and computation scientists. To promote the education of the next generation of plant breeders and more generally, promote careers in plant breeding, genetics and genomics, students will interact with geneticists, breeders and other scientists from both the public and private sectors.

In addition, collaborative faculty and students will be given the opportunity to tour the R&D facilities of DuPont Pioneer, one of the largest plant breeding companies in the world, and participate in panel discussions that showcase opportunities for entrepreneurship in the Ag sector and careers in crop breeding companies. At the conclusion of the workshop the G2F executive committee will prepare a white paper with recommendations and possible next steps.