Functional Phenomics: Studying Root Physiology Using Affordable Open Source Tools

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 11 AM PST (UTC-8) | 1 PM CST (UTC-6) | 2 PM EST (UTC-5)

Functional phenomics is an emerging discipline that utilizes phenotyping, physiology, multivariate statistics, and simulation modeling to generate and test new hypotheses about how plant traits integrate to influence crop performance and other attributes. Open science is a philosophy of increasing access to scientific practice and knowledge. Open science will be discussed in the context of best practices for plant phenomics research, including sharing preprints, software code and executables, data, images, and statistical analysis using examples from the speaker’s work. The speaker’s presentation is scheduled to last about 30 minutes, leaving ample time for community discussion about phenomics and open science.

This webinar was organized by ASPB’s Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology (EEPP) Section. For more information about this group and how to become a member visit

A webinar transcript can be found here. Follow this link to view notes and participate in additional community discussions.



Andy VanLoocke, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Andy is currently the chair of the ASPB EEPP Section. He is an agricultural meteorologist at Iowa State University, where his work combines ecophysiology, remote sensing, and micrometeorology techniques to improve ecosystem models. A major theme of his research is quantifying the impact of changing cropping system types and their management, with a focus on improving water quality and photosynthetic efficiency at the whole-plant and ecosystem scales.





Guest Speaker 

Larry York, PhD

Assistant Professor, Root Phenomics Lab, Noble Research Institute

Larry completed his PhD in ecology from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. His dissertation research focused on the interactions of maize root system architecture, physiology, and the environment for nitrogen uptake. He completed postdoctoral positions at the University of Nottingham and the University of Missouri before joining the faculty at the Noble Research Institute, a nonprofit agricultural research organization. His current work focuses on whole-plant architecture and physiology with active employment of the functional phenomics pipeline, especially with regards to optimizing root carbon budgets and uptake ability. Larry is a passionate advocate for free knowledge and root biology.

This webinar is free is freely available thanks to the support of the American Society of Plant Biologists

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