NPEC facilitates state-of-the-art measurement of plant phenotypes to support research on genotype – phenotype associations. Establishing these associations is critical for the development of novel climate-proof crops and cropping systems required to secure our future high-quality food production at improved ecological sustainability.
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The NPEC facility consists of six modules each offering a dedicated phenotyping platform with its own measurement systems supporting specialized cameras and sensors.
NPEC offers academia and collaborating corporate R&D many opportunities to carry out accurate and high-throughput plant phenotyping to study plant performance in relation to relevant biotic and abiotic factors across a range of scales, from cell to field.
NPEC is jointly hosted at two locations; at Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University.
In the Wageningen greenhouses, researchers from the Laboratory for Plant Breeding tested the growth and development of two quinoa varieties that were given water with an increasing salt content. One quinoa variety, Pasto, developed a conservation strategy in which the plant limited water uptake and thus growth.
In the CropBoost project Jeremy Harbinson, Rene Klein Lankhorst et al. have published an Opinion Paper in the Special Issue of Biology: Crop Improvement Now and Beyond.