Seminar: Rapid, end-to-end deployment of phenotyping capabilities

Dr. Xavier Sirault

Seminar: Rapid, end-to-end deployment of phenotyping capabilities: opportunities and challenges 

Speaker: Dr. Xavier Sirault, Director, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra, Australia 

Abstract: In this talk, I will present lessons learnt firsthand from 8 years of active R&D in the field of phenomics, via the establishment of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility in Australia. I will touch on a number of issues which I think are critical for running a phenotyping infrastructure amongst which are the following: a) the development of fit-for-purpose technologies; end to end solutions from data capture to extraction of trait information from the data; and b) the significant parallel investment in Information Technology infrastructure required, particularly for data management and processing purposes. I’ll talk about the HRPPC Underpinning infrastructure to assimilate data, process data and deliver information to our stakeholders and clients through a new science gateway called phenoSMART. Furthermore, I will discuss the critical need today to go from unstructured datasets to structured ones (PODD™ the phenomics ontology driven data repository and the Opportunities for industries to add value to that infrastructure. Finally, with respect to the importance of networks, specifically, I will illustrate how the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility is using the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure network to deliver a service at national level.

Bio: As director of the HRPPC, Dr Sirault is responsible for providing a high-quality, state-of-the-art operational research infrastructure for phenomics research to the Australian community. As part of this infrastructure, Dr Sirault and his team have built a suite of end-to-end phenotyping and analytic solutions for accelerating the pace of gene discovery in major crops. This capability is today capturing the interest of a number of private companies, in particular, the cloud-based science gateway, phenoSMART™, which is enabling scientists and Agri-businesses in Australia and overseas to engage more readily with data collected in field trials and data analytic workflows. As a Research Scientist and Agricultural Engineer in CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Dr Sirault is passionate about understanding the factors that regulate and limit photosynthesis in crop plants and how this knowledge can be applied in an agricultural context.


Friday, September 2, 2016 


9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


U of S Campus, Saskatoon NRC Building
110 Gymnasium Place Meeting Room 2