Computational aspects underlying genome to phenome analysis in plants

Anthony M. Bolger, Hendrik Poorter, Kathryn Dumschott, Marie E. Bolger, Daniel Arend, Sonia Osorio, Heidrun Gundlach, Klaus F. X. Mayer, Matthias Lange, Uwe Scholz, Björn Usadel

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    Recent advances in genomics technologies have greatly accelerated the progress in both fundamental plant science and applied breeding research. Concurrently, high-throughput plant phenotyping is becoming widely adopted in the plant community, promising to alleviate the phenotypic bottleneck. While these technological breakthroughs are significantly accelerating quantitative trait locus (QTL) and causal gene identification, challenges to enable even more sophisticated analyses remain. In particular, care needs to be taken to standardize, describe and conduct experiments robustly while relying on plant physiology expertise. In this article, we review the state of the art regarding genome assembly and the future potential of pangenomics in plant research. We also describe the necessity of standardizing and describing phenotypic studies using the Minimum Information About a Plant Phenotyping Experiment (MIAPPE) standard to enable the reuse and integration of phenotypic data. In addition, we show how deep phenotypic data might yield novel trait-trait correlations and review how to link phenotypic data to genomic data. Finally, we provide perspectives on the golden future of machine learning and their potential in linking phenotypes to genomic features.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-198
    Number of pages17
    JournalPlant Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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    • Genetic Association Studies
    • Genome, Plant/genetics
    • Genomics
    • Machine Learning
    • Phenomics
    • Phenotype
    • Plants/genetics
    • Quantitative Trait Loci/genetics
    • plant bioinformatics
    • plant genomes
    • plant genome annotation
    • phenotyping


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