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NPEC Ecotron Facility

26 April 2021

NPEC’s ecotron facility is to be realized at Utrecht University and will consist of a range of fully closed and controlled mesocosm systems that allow for real-life plant (agro-) ecosystem analyses in real time.

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Multi-environment climate chambers

16 March 2021

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.

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Helios: high-throughput shoot phenotyping of plant-microbe interactions

16 March 2021

We are happy to announce the arrival of 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.

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Hades: high-throughput fluorescence-based phenotyping of in vitro root systems

16 March 2021

Together with our partner, Photon Systems Instruments, we are currently finalising the designs for the NPEC’s high-throughput in vitro root phenotyper, the Hades. The system will enable quantitive description of root growth and architecture, and the localisation and quantification of fluorescent proteins expressed by plant roots or by root-associated microorganisms.

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The International Plant Phenotyping Syposium has been postponed to 2022

16 March 2021

After careful deliberation and consideration of the global status of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, the IPPN Executive Board has taken the decision to postpone its 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS7) to 2022.

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WUR gains insight from French approach to artificial Intelligence

25 January 2021

In the Netherlands we have come a long way with the development of artificial intelligence, but we must invest more in its application, as in France. From 25 to 27 January, researchers and businesses – led by departing State Secretary Mona Keijzer – will take a look into the French digital kitchen. Ben Schaap of the Wageningen Data Competence Centre (WDCC) has a key role in the field of agriculture and food.

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New Phytotron climate chambers for plant research

22 January 2021

Utrecht University renovated the climate chambers of the Phytotron in the Hugo R. Kruyt building between March and November 2020. The Phytotron is the main research facility for the plant scientists of the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB).

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Videos of online seminar on field phenotyping seminar by INRAE and WUR

7 December 2020

On 27th of November 2020 we have held an online seminar on Field Phenotyping organised by Fred Baret (INRAE) and Rick van de Zedde (WUR – NPEC). The aim of the workshop was to get to know each other better and explore collaboration.

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Two new gantries installed in NPEC greenhouse

10 November 2020

On November 4-5, our partner SMO has delivered and installed two gantries in the NPEC greenhouse.

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