In thinking about future research and industry needs, what infrastructure and services should the APPF invest in to support plant phenomics and agricultural research and development in the broader sense? This is where we want to capture your wish list of what we should be doing and why.
Think about major research infrastructure, tools, data, technologies, expertise, education and other activities that would be nationally significant or require national coordination.
I agree but think that it’s about more than the infrastructure - the expertise and knowledge to use it and help apply it is more important. That knowledge and expertise also has to be willling and able.
A key component in the future has to be a vision for how APPF and plant phenomics data can contribute to the big questions that can enhance Australia's (and the planet's future), such as food security, food futures, novel growing techniques, crop selection and improvement, integrated supply chains, landscape planning, carbon sequestration, and water management.
Agriculture, and specifically crop selection, optimisation and productivity is critical knowledge in each of these areas. What partnerships are needed and what new investments are necessary so that Australia can have a truly joined-up approach to modeling different crops in the landscape and responding to the specifics of climate events, changes in the economy/market, etc.?
I'm interested in people's views about the idea of a really integrated 'omics for precision ag' type facility- combining genomics, phenomics and computational informatics. This might offer a genuine 'start-to-finish' solution, as a value-add to the existing various Australian platforms that separately and individually provide data acquisition and analysis.
There is a range of major infrastructure that needs to be addressed. In addition though, I believe there is considerable merit in devising a system for sharing the existing infrastructure that is currently housed in individual Universities, and State and Commonwealth research agencies. Some of that equipment may be in almost constant use, but equally a lot is not fully utilized and making it more broadly available would be a great step forward in promoting a more collaborative environment. The APPF should consider driving the development of a register accessible by an app. perhaps focused regionally at first.