Overview equipment & tools

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Module 1 - Ecotron


NPEC’s ecotron module consists of a range of fully closed and controlled mesocosm systems that allow for real-life plant (agro-) ecosystem analyses in real time.

Module 2 - Plant-Microbe Interactions phenotyping

Plant-Microbe Interactions phenotyping

NPEC’s Helios phenotyping facility for the quantitive description of shoot architectural traits and the localisation and quantification of fluorescent proteins expressed by plant shoots or associated microorganisms.

Module 3 - Multi-Environment climate chamber

Multi-Environment climate chamber

NPEC’s multi-environment module will host a series of 15 small climate chambers with the highest level of homogeneity in temperature, humidity and light intensity available.

Module 4 - High-Throughput Phenotyping climate chamber

The Robin PSI PlantScreenTM

The Robin PSI PlantScreenTM system is an independent device which can be used to create a digital phenotype of individual plants.

Five HTP growth rooms

This module has been build inside a dedicated building at the Wageningen Campus and has five growth chambers.

Module 5 - GreenHouse phenotyping

Innovative technologies
in the NPEC

Bosman Van Zaal has built the NPEC greenhouse on the Wageningen Campus, the design was developed by WUR with advice from PhenoKey.

Bespoke conveyor
system and

SMO, the Belgian machine builder, is in charge of installing the bespoke conveyor system and two gantries to make optimal use of the NPEC greenhouse facilities.

Imaging with

PhenoVation, the camera system manufacturer, will provide the CropReporter. This cabinet with a monochrome camera and a filter wheel will provide whole plant imaging on a pixel scale.

3D imaging -
the Maxi-MARVIN

The Maxi-Marvin is a high throughput plant phenotyping device which has been developed in-house by Wageningen University & Research.

Whole plant phenotyping
with the Plantarray

Plant-Ditech, the Israeli Company of Research Excellence, will deliver the Plantarray system in the NPEC greenhouse.

PlantEye - 3D &
"Camera to Plant"
laser scanners

The PlantEye is a unique 3D laser scanner which fuses the 3D data with multispectral information.

Module 6 - Open-Field phenotyping

TraitSeeker and UAVs

The NPEC Open Field module consists of one easily transportable vehicle, the TraitSeeker and three UAVs, all equipped with state-of-the-art sensors.


An overall timeline of NPEC can be found here: Timeline NPEC.