NPEC comprises six complementary, experimental modules.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Multi-Environment climate chamber module (ME) has been designed to study the molecular basis of plant responses to multiple environmental factors.
- The High-Throughput Phenotyping climate chamber module (HTP) allows for automated, high-throughput screening of plant genotypes under highly controlled environmental conditions.
- In the GreenHouse phenotyping (GH) module, integrated whole-plant phenotyping will be carried out, testing numerous crops, from seedling to harvest.
- 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.
Working groups per module
Utrecht University (UU)
- Module 1: Ecotron (ECO) - Prof. dr. G.A. (George) Kowalchuk, et al.
- Module 2: Plant-Microbe (PMI) - Dr. R.L. (Roeland) Berendsen & Prof. dr. ir. C.M.J. (Corné) Pieterse, et al.
- Module 3: Multi Environment - Prof. dr. R. (Ronald) Pierik & Dr. D.H. (Diederik) Keuskamp, et al.