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NDSU Plant Sciences researcher recognized for outstanding article in phenomics journal

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Oct 06, 2021

Filipe Matias received The Plant Phenome Journal Outstanding Article of the Year award for 2021. Titled “FIELDimageR: An R Package to Analyze Orthomosaic Images from Agricultural Field Trials” the article was published May 12, 2020.

Matias is a research scientist in the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences in the spring wheat breeding germplasm program. He utilizes FIELDimageR to study how spectral reflectance information can be used to improve genetic gains in plant breeding and agricultural research. He has successfully evaluated thousands of field plots in North Dakota and Wisconsin and has created a networking group called “PhenomeForce” which brings together experts to share information, collaborate and build partnerships among national and international researchers. The goal of the group is to “make phenomics easy for everybody” Matias says.  

Matias grew up in the Cerrado area of Brazil working on a small family farm during summers and received a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU). He completed a M.S. degree at São Paulo State University (UNESP) and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding at Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture at the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison prior to moving to NDSU.

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) present Outstanding Paper Awards yearly for articles published in the preceding two years.  The winning papers across all journals and divisions are also published in the Outstanding Papers of the Year virtual issue.     

FIELDimageR is available as a GitHub repository at

PhenomeForce can be accessed at

Information on publications for the ASA CSSA and ASSA is available at

Matias’ article is at

The Outstanding Papers of the Year is available at

Author: Karen Hertsgaard