Phenotyping facilities

NPEC is one integrated national facility. Our phenotyping facilities are yet being developed and constructed and will be housed across two locations close to each other: Wageningen and Utrecht.

NPEC comprises six complementary, experimental modules.

  1. In the precision mesocosm–level ECOtron (ECO) plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions both above- and belowground will be studied, at a level of cm to m.
  2. The Plant-Microbe Interactions phenotyping module (PMI) will be used for high throughput research on plant-microbe interactions, from the molecular level up to plant organ level.
  3. The Multi-Environment climate chamber module (ME) has been designed to study the molecular basis of plant responses to multiple environmental factors.
  4. The High-Throughput Phenotyping climate chamber module (HTP) allows for automated, high-throughput screening of plant genotypes under highly controlled environmental conditions.
  5. In the GreenHouse phenotyping (GH) module, integrated whole-plant phenotyping will be carried out, testing numerous crops, from seedling to harvest.
  6. The Open-Field phenotyping (OF) module provides an outdoor mobile drone- and vehicle-based phenotyping system that can study individual plants in small plots or large fields.

Artist impression of NPEC

Working groups per module

Utrecht University (UU)

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

In WUR-UU collaboration