About The Workshop

The CAPTE Workshop aims at celebrating the achievements in the developments of plant phenotyping tools and methods and foster discussions on the next steps of plant phenotyping research under field conditions. The Workshop focuses on high-throughput plant phenotyping mostly dedicated to great crops, to access key structural, morphological, biochemical, sanitary, and functional traits.

The workshop will take place at Avignon University, in the center of the old city, during the 11th and 12th of May 2022. Plenary sessions will be organized to cover the state traits (structural, morphological, biochemical, sanitary), the dynamics and functional traits and some use cases. The workshop will focus on great crops including wheat, maize, sunflower, and sugar beet which received most attention. About 100 invited people are expected to be present physically, while the workshop will be also accessible from the web, and you are welcome to register for remote access HERE.

4 sessions are planned to cover all topics, with two keynote presentations in each session:

  • Session 1: Structural and morphological traits
  • Session 2 : Biochemical, sanitary, stress traits
  • Session 3: Dynamic and functional traits
  • Session 4: Phenotyping use cases

On the 13th of May a visit of the Gréoux-les-Bains experimental station, that concentrates several high-throughput field phenotyping systems operated routinely, will be organized. You can discover the full program of the Workshop HERE.

field with annotated plots
Example of trait assessment: plot quality scoring using RGB imagery.

High-throughput plant phenotyping under field conditions beneficiated from huge advancement in vehicles, sensors, and interpretation methods during the last decade. In France, the Phenome project, i.e. the French Plant Phenotyping Network, and the CAPTE research unit largely contributed to develop efficient methods that are now operated routinely over field experiments by several public institutions and private companies including Hiphen. We wanted to organize a workshop with colleagues in France, Europe and abroad to discuss the state of the art of high-throughput plant phenotyping under field conditions and also to draw possible avenues of future research either from an improved exploitation of the current systems, or to design new systems.

suger beet leaves
Example of trait assessment: disease detection & quantification using multispectral imaging.

What is CAPTE?

UMT CAPTE is a Joint Research Unit located in Avignon and including three main members: INRAE, ARVALIS and HIPHEN. It also associates technical institutes (ACTA, CTIFL, ITB, Terres Inovia) and GEVES.

Our goal is to develop systems and methods to characterize efficiently crop conditions, state and functioning for agricultural applications such as:

  • Crop breeding via high throughput phenotyping
  • Support for experiments on crop management, by enabling fast and non-destructive observations
  • In season real-time field crop management from close range and remote sensing

They cover a range of scales, from microplots (~10m²) to farm fields (~10ha).

👉 Consult the series of 40+ scientific papers we published since 2014 HERE.

👉 Discover more about CAPTE projects at https://umt-capte.fr/

wheat field with detection boxes
Example of trait assessment: wheat head counting to predict yield using smartphone RGB imagery.

The CAPTE Unit Members


INRAE is France’s new National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

As the world’s top institute for research on agriculture, food, and the environment*, INRAE will help address these concerns. It will use research, innovation, and support for public policies as tools to guide the emergence of sustainable agricultural and food production systems. The institute aims to carry out science dedicated to life, humans, and the Earth that uncovers solutions to our most pressing concerns.

INRAE is committed to exploring the frontiers of science and performing high-calibre research that is globally relevant. The institute makes major contributions to European research and participates in European research programs (e.g., via research networks, H2020 research projects, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and, as a result, is currently developing bilateral and trilateral partnerships. Our international collaborations focus on sharing laboratories or infrastructure, becoming integrated into research networks, and playing a role within international organisations.



ARVALIS is the French technical institute (staff: 400) in charge of applied research on cereals, maize, sorghum, potatoes, flax, tobacco and forage crops. It is run and funded by farmers. It aims at developing, and providing tools, techniques and services to farmers, agricultural organizations and firms in order to produce always more, and better, in a context of evolving European and international rules-based environment and economics. The Institute has effective means through various local sites in every region of France, with a broad range of activities. It operates from the field scale to postharvest stages and first processes. ARVALIS works in strong relations with breeders, inputs firms (seeds, nutrients and phytochemicals), as well as feed, food and non-food industries.

As an applied research institute, it interfaces with French and international basic research infrastructures as INRAE, Universities (collaborating through various research projects) and the development organisms such as Chambers of Agriculture and economic operators (co-ops…). Every year more than 2000 experimental trials in individual plots are set in more than 50 locations representative of French soil and climate diversity.



At Hiphen we have assembled a team of agronomists, image processing engineers, software engineers and data scientists who are laser focused on making high-throughput plant phenotyping accessible to the agricultural research community. We design digital plant assessment solutions that are actioned routinely by our clients, and we also develop bespoke image analytics applications that are tailor-made to tackle very specific agronomic challenges. We have committed our careers to data excellency and to uncover new phenotypic traits by innovating together with the scientific research community with whom we continuously create, test and validate new methods to help solve the current agronomic challenges and those that are yet to come.

Each year, we process millions of crop images coming from the Americas to Europe, Africa and Asia. We have extensive experience converting crop images from satellites, drones, phenomobiles and smartphones into valuable agronomic traits. We have production-grade image analytic pipelines for major crops like wheat, barley, sorghum, maize, soy, sunflower, vines, canola, flax, potato, carrots and more. More importantly, what makes the difference is that we do not stop at providing a plant measure, but we help our clients to interpret the data and to embed it into their decision-making process since we are obssessed with the idea that our data should be useful to you. In that sense we provide a frictionless phenotyping experience by helping you to define your projects and the appropriate traits all the way through to giving you access to your traits results and analytics online.

Visit Hiphen Website with the link above.

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