A better understanding of variation among plants goes along with increasing the amount and quality of data. In particular, consistent and reliable phenotyping is important to increase the power of genetic studies. The phenotypic data quality comprises the repeatability and reproducibility of the trait measured. Genetwister supports systematic phenotyping, and aims to increase phenotypic consistency by the integration of automated phenotyping. In parallel, we investigate new methods to integrate phenotypic data into genetic models to support breeding.
Appropriate experimental design and data analysis of breeding trials are essential. Genetwister offers assistance in the experimental design, taking into account all practical considerations of the breeding program.