Drought Phenotyping

GCP has published a book entitled Drought phenotyping in crops: from theory to practice. The book,  a unique attempt to simultaneously tackle theoretical and practical aspects in drought phenotyping, is a detailed description and analysis of the complex work of drought phenotyping in crops. Featuring chapter contributions from more than 80 distinguished scientists, it is edited by Philippe Monneveux (formerly GCP Subprogramme Leader) and Jean-Marcel Ribaut (GCP Director).

In Part I, different methodologies are presented for accurately characterising environmental conditions, implementing trials, and capturing and analysing the information this generates, regardless of the crop. Part II presents state-of-art research on adaptation to drought, and recommends specific protocols to measure different traits in major food crops - focusing on particular cereals, legumes and clonal crops.

Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty ImagesThe book is written for both practitioners and postgraduate students of plant science grappling with the challenging task of evaluating germplasm performance under different water regimes, with the objective of enhancing expertise at testing locations and stimulating the development and use of traits related to drought tolerance, as well as innovative protocols for crop characterisation and breeding.

It is published under the Creative Commons licence, thereby ensuring the widest possible dissemination. You can preview and download the book at Drought phenotyping in crops: from theory to practice.

You can download a pdf version of the entire book (25 MB; WinZip 16.5) or browse sections on the Generation Challenge Programme website.


In the meantime, for assisting GCP’s clients to carry out their phenotyping-related quality research for various traits including drought stress tolerance in plants, we have listed the following service providers so that they can be contacted directly by our customers once they have such collaborative projects available. For more information on the service providers, please contact Chunlin He.



LemnaTec’s high-throughput plant phenotyping platform focuses on generating reproducible and scientifically sound images, developing image analysis automatisation and data handling modules and strategies to fit the needs of plant scientists in their research in terms of plant phenomics. Additional information can be found in the provider's brochure.

By means of LemnaTec’s platform, specific growth patterns under stress conditions could be developed to help identify particular gene functions in plant phenotyping, which then in turn become key elements in plant breeding. In addition, for plant protection, the screening of aphid, fungi and plant growth inhibition or development could lead to the detection of new substances for the protection of the crop.

For inquiries please contact:

LemnaTec GmbH
Pascalstr. 59
52076 Aachen, Germany

Tel. +49 2408 9383 000+49 2408 9383 000
Fax +49 2408 9383 300

E-mail: info@lemnatec.com



DW-Biomonitoring is specialized in contract research and offers services for rapid and reliable assessment of the photosynthetic efficiency of plants including the evaluation of the photosynthetic performance of crop plants on the basis of reproducible performance parameters. Its services use fast, high throughput and non-invasive methods that allow to screen large plant populations in a very short time without harming the plants.

In the meantime, stress factors which have an influence on the plant growth (such as drought) can be identified and quantified in an early stage even before there are visible damages.

For inquiries please contact:

Dipl.-Biol. Daniel Weber, CEO,

Bioenergetic Plant Scientist, Plant Physiologist

Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 5

60528 Frankfurt am Main


Phone: +491774006004+491774006004

E-mail: daniel@dw-biomonitoring.com



The PhenoFab™ services are delivered with a robust phenotyping platform in a greenhouse setup. Determination of the phenotype is based on moving pots or trays with plants through a greenhouse compartment and fixed scanning areas containing image technology to capture digital data. The plants grow in individual containers/tray-wells and are scanned at preset time points from various angles using VIS (visible light), NIR and fluorescent imaging technology.

The PhenoFab™ facility has climate-controlled compartments that allow plants to grow up to 2.6 m under different environmental conditions, enabling experiments with different growth or stress factors. Depending on the plant size and experimental setup the capacity will vary around an average of 1,100 plants each time.

For inquiries please contact:

Dr. Shital Dixit

PhenoFab™ Europe

Agro Business Park 90

6708 PW Wageningen

The Netherlands
Tel: +31 317 466 866+31 317 466 866

Mobile: +31 6 5025 2447+31 6 5025 2447

Fax: +31 317 424 939

Email: shital.dixit@phenofab.com




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