Plant BioDesign Hub: Automation for Plant Biodesign

Image of plants under a lab lightBioDesign Research presents Theme 2 of Plant BioDesign Hub: Automation for Plant Biodesign.


In the plant sciences of the future, the ability to undertake high-precision predictive biology will turbocharge efforts in basic and applied plant biodesign. Automation technologies have immense potential in transforming the pace, precision, and consistency of engineering, measurement, and perturbation of plant biosystems. The combination of automation, robotics, sensing, real-time data handling, and advanced computational approaches such as AI/ML is bringing about a paradigm shift and transforming the throughput, efficiency, reliability, and predictability of genetic engineering and plant systems analysis. The special issue theme on “Automation for Plant Biodesign” seeks original research manuscripts as well as reviews on new technologies enabling automated plant biodesign research or any component of Design-Build-Test-Learn (DBTL) cycles for plants in lab, greenhouse, or field settings.

    Guest Editors

    Udaya Kalluri, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (

    George Kantor, Carnegie Mellon University (

      Submission Deadline

      June 30, 2023. All papers will be published online after acceptance.

        Submission Instructions

        Visit the Author Guidelines for full details. When submitting, please select the special issue topic as the Section/Category and indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the Plant BioDesign Hub special issue, ensuring to also indicate the theme of your submission in the cover letter (Automation for Plant Biodesign).