The last week of October proved to be dynamic and enriching for the CROPINNO team, as they actively participated in a workshop on sensors and image analyses as tools for plant phenotyping organized by the Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (IAS-CSIC) in Cordoba, Spain. Dr. María Leire Molinero Ruiz delivered an exceptional lecture covering various topics related to sensors and plant phenotyping, providing valuable insights for the CROPINNO team.

The workshop agenda featured a diverse range of topics, including proximal sensing of plant diseases, remote sensing for plant trait quantification using hyperspectral imagery, thermal information utilization for assessing crop water status in orchards, mapping soilborne plant pathogen incidence in a changing climate through remote sensing and aerosol transport modeling, high-throughput phenotyping tools for breeding and agronomy research, and the use of high-throughput phenotyping for the genetic dissection of yield in wheat grown in Andalusia.

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to immersive experiences, including visits to the Laboratory for Research Methods in Quantitative Remote Sensing, the Laboratory of Phenomics and Digital Agronomy (AgroPhenoLab), and the Laboratory for seed phenotyping. Additionally, the CROPINNO team had the unique opportunity to explore field trials and attend a lecture on improving olive process-based modeling, with a visit to an olive cultivar plot.

Beyond knowledge-sharing, the workshop provided a valuable platform for networking and collaboration. Participants engaged in discussions shared their research findings, and explored potential partnerships. The exchange of ideas and expertise between researchers and industry professionals during the event laid the foundation for future innovations in plant phenotyping. Overall, the workshop not only enhanced the CROPINNO team’s understanding of cutting-edge technologies but also fostered connections poised to drive advancements in the field of agriculture.