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Summer school Imaging & Phenotyping in Wageningen

11 July 2019

From Monday to Friday ca. 30 participants from industry and academia were trained in Wageningen in developing/ programming of imaging, deep learning in phenotyping applications including demonstrations of robots and tools.

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NPEC at Wageningen University & Research Business Day 2019

8 July 2019

On 26 September 2019 the Business Day will be held at Wageningen Campus. On this day developments in technology and new innovations will be key. Rick van de Zedde and Benny van der Fels will attend to speak about phenotyping.

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Vacancy – IT systems architect NPEC

3 July 2019

NPEC offers an opportunity for an enthusiastic and versatile IT systems architect to help us connect various elements of the new phenotyping facility we are building to a central database and make this accessible to users throughout the country.

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In the greenhouse? Put on your AR glasses

17 June 2019

Can Augmented Reality (AR) help with training harvesting staff in a greenhouse? Or can AR-glasses show whether the crop is healthy? Wageningen University & Research is researching this with a consortium of breeders and suppliers. That research focuses on the question: how can we use Augmented Reality in horticulture?

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€5.7 million towards future-proof lettuce varieties

29 November 2018

A new €5.7 million research project has been set up in order to make lettuce more resistant to pathogens and the effects of climate change as well as to improve its performance in new growing systems. To this end, researchers from institutions including Utrecht University will map the properties and genetic codes of 500 wild and cultivated lettuce varieties. ‘Our aim is to combine the most advantageous properties of these lettuce varieties into new varieties that will eventually end up on our plate.’

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Genes+environment = plant. New research centre for phenotyping starts up

28 November 2018

A complex interaction between genes and environment determines the characteristics of a plant. That interaction is the focus of a big new research centre: Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre. With the knowledge acquired there, scientists hope to breed robust lettuce. Or salt-resistant potatoes.

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New automated plant phenotyping device at WUR

25 October 2018

Shared Research Facilities (SRF) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has recently purchased a new mobile device suitable to automatically phenotype plants. The company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) from the Czech Republic has developed the Robin PSI PlantScreenTM system based on specific requirements set by WUR. It has been installed at WUR’s location Unifarm, and it is the first device that has arrived as part of the new Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC).

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Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre

12 April 2018

On April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University.

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