Phenotyping means the quantitative analysis of plant structures and functions. Quantitative knowledge of structure and function enables the transfer of basic research findings to practical agriculture and ecological research.
Climate change has a strong influence on plant production. This comprises the hampering of plant growth by extreme weather events, the occurrence of novel diseases and increasing production due to elevated concentrations of CO2.
Among the variety of scientific questions, it is important to identify those which are promising for innovation, thus practical application. Therefore it is necessary to markedly improve the communication between application and research.