China Partnering Awards - Forge a long-term UK-China relationship in phenotyping, Agri-Tech innovation and crop research for Rice and Wheat

Lead Research Organisation: Earlham Institute
Department Name: Research Faculty

Abstract

Abstracts are not currently available in GtR for all funded research. This is normally because the abstract was not required at the time of proposal submission, but may be because it included sensitive information such as personal details.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description First year (2018-2019): 1) Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK). 2) Organised the first NAU academic visit at Norwich Research Park (NRP) in Jan 2019. NAU delegation has come over to NRP and entered three workshops with EI, JIC, and UEA. During the workshops, we have shared our expertise in crop phenomics, sensor-based precision agricultural experience, and machine-learning based image analysis software solutions together with DFW research results with NAU. We have also established links to joint look into crop phenomics and its connections with plant genomics, crop genetics research at NAU and NRP. We have also focused on joint phenomics research development, cutting-edge Agri-Tech solutions, shared analysis pipelines and facilities on both sides, and scheduled annual research workshops, training events, and staff exchange. 3) The next NRP-NAU summit will be held in June 2019, in Nanjing China.
Exploitation Route Through the CUPPC and NRP-NAU summit, we could develop both to incorporate more UK and Chinese research organisations, so that joint research workshops, training events, and staff exchange can be conducted via the platform.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other

URL http://pprc.njau.edu.cn/info/1053/1083.htm
 
Description First Year (2018-2019): 1) invited by The Chinese National Genetics Association to give a session keynote talk titled "AI in Life Sciences" at the 2018 The Chinese National Genetics Conference (once every two-three years) with over 2000 attendants, in Nov 2018; 2) Exhibited in Royal Norfolk Show 2018 (June) to engage with the general public and local media regarding my lab's Agri-Tech innovations at Norwich Research Park; 3) The hardware and software solutions developed by my lab, i.e. the IoT-based crop monitoring solution called CropQuant (UKIPO, GB1709756.9, international PCT Patent Application No. PCT/GB2018/050985), have attracted much interest, e.g. the East Asia licence is in the process of being sold to a research organisation in China for US$80,000 plus VAT, plus 5% royalty. 4) The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU has been signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK, including the detailed research agreement signed between NAU and UEA/EI, and the first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Title AirSurf - a deep learning based aerial image analytic platform 
Description Derived from DFW's aerial image analysis work, AirSurf-Lettuce is an automated and open-source aerial image analysis platform that combines modern computer vision, up-to-date machine learning, and modular software engineering to measure yield-related phenotypes of millions of lettuces across the field. Utilising ultra-large normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) images acquired by fixed-wing light aircrafts together with a deep-learning classifier trained with over 100,000 labelled lettuce signals, the platform is capable of scoring and categorising iceberg lettuces with high accuracy (>98%). Furthermore, novel analysis functions have been developed to map lettuce size distribution in the field, based on which global positioning system (GPS) tagged harvest regions can be derived to enable growers and farmers' precise harvest strategies and marketability estimates before the harvest. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Aerial imagery is regularly used by farmers and growers to monitor crops during the growing season. To extract meaningful phenotypic information from large-scale aerial images collected regularly from the field, high-throughput analytic solutions are required, which not only produce high-quality measures of key crop traits, but also support agricultural practitioners to make reliable management decisions of their crops. We collaborate with the UK's second largest growers, G's Growers, and developed AirSurf-Lettuce that can measure millions of lettuces in the field, which has also helped the firm to improve the actual yield of iceberg lettuce in real-world agricultural practices. 
URL https://github.com/Crop-Phenomics-Group/AirSurf-Lettuce/releases
 
Description China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Department Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK).
Collaborator Contribution Signed MoU as well as initiated research visits between the seven research organisations.
Impact The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK. The detailed research agreement is being signed between NAU and UEA/EI. The first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre 
Organisation Huazhong Agricultural University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK).
Collaborator Contribution Signed MoU as well as initiated research visits between the seven research organisations.
Impact The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK. The detailed research agreement is being signed between NAU and UEA/EI. The first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre 
Organisation Nanjing Agricultural University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK).
Collaborator Contribution Signed MoU as well as initiated research visits between the seven research organisations.
Impact The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK. The detailed research agreement is being signed between NAU and UEA/EI. The first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK).
Collaborator Contribution Signed MoU as well as initiated research visits between the seven research organisations.
Impact The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK. The detailed research agreement is being signed between NAU and UEA/EI. The first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Coordinated the MoU for jointly establishing a China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) between NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), HUAZHONG AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (China), Aberystwyth UNIVERSITY (IBERS, UK), Earlham institute (BBSRC UK), Rothamsted Research (Plant Sciences Dept., BBSRC UK), University of East Anglia (UK), and University of Nottingham (UK).
Collaborator Contribution Signed MoU as well as initiated research visits between the seven research organisations.
Impact The establishment of the China-UK Plant Phenomics Centre (CUPPC) in Nanjing and Wuhan. The MoU signed between seven leading research organisations in China and the UK. The detailed research agreement is being signed between NAU and UEA/EI. The first NAU-NRP research workshop at Norwich Research Park in Jan 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration for the China-UK innovation grant 
Organisation Huazhong Agricultural University
Department State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology
PI Contribution To jointly set up China-UK collaboration to promote plant phenotyping and phenotypic analysis. The Hubei government and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) together with Wuhan Uni. and Huazhong Agricultural Uni. will invest 920 million RMB to establish a world-class plant phenomics centre in Wuhan. My lab at Norwich Research Park in the UK has been invited to be part of this programme due to our expertise and experience in machine learning, remote sensing and image analysis. This programme will be initiated in mid-2019 and hence we have established this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Both Wuhan Uni. and Huazhong Agricultural Uni. will contribute travel money at the beginning of this programme.
Impact 920 million RMB (CNY) will be invested to establish a world-class plant phenomics centre in Wuhan.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration for the China-UK innovation grant 
Organisation Wuhan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution To jointly set up China-UK collaboration to promote plant phenotyping and phenotypic analysis. The Hubei government and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) together with Wuhan Uni. and Huazhong Agricultural Uni. will invest 920 million RMB to establish a world-class plant phenomics centre in Wuhan. My lab at Norwich Research Park in the UK has been invited to be part of this programme due to our expertise and experience in machine learning, remote sensing and image analysis. This programme will be initiated in mid-2019 and hence we have established this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Both Wuhan Uni. and Huazhong Agricultural Uni. will contribute travel money at the beginning of this programme.
Impact 920 million RMB (CNY) will be invested to establish a world-class plant phenomics centre in Wuhan.
Start Year 2019
 
Title CropQuant to measure cereal growth 
Description A method of processing (batch processing) images of a crop (pot, plot or field) comprising: retrieving a series of images of a crop (pot, plot or field) captured over a period of time; identifying, in an (initial) image selected from the series of images to be used as (a) reference image, a reference system against which other images can be compared, the reference system including an extent of a crop plot and a set of (key reference points, such as the plot region, the canopy space and) height markers ; and for each of at least one other image in the series of crop growth images. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact The hardware and software solutions developed by my lab, i.e. the IoT-based crop monitoring solution called CropQuant (UKIPO, GB1709756.9, international PCT Patent Application No. PCT/GB2018/050985) and derived AI-based Agri-Robot (CropQuant-R) have attracted much industrial interest. The East Asia licence is in the process of being sold to a research organisation in China for US$80,000 plus VAT, plus 5% royalty.
 
Description Exhibit in Royal Norfolk Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact My lab exhibited technologies invented by the Zhou laboratory at Norwich Research Park and was interviewed by Royal Norfolk Show, Agri-Tech East, and EDP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/