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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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Innovative technologies in the NPEC greenhouse

19 May 2020

The NPEC greenhouse will provide specialized equipment for high throughput plant research in a controlled environment. The 5 greenhouse compartments will contain conveyor systems, gantries, watering systems, sensors and a suit of different camera’s to measure and analyse a myriad of different plant characteristics in a fully automated fashion.

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WUR organises 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

16 April 2020

The IPPN Board has announced that Wageningen University & Research has been elected to organise the 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium in October 2021. On that occasion, the brand new and unique Wageningen NPEC facilities will be officially opened. These facilities are part of the Netherlands Plant Eco-Phenotyping Centre (NPEC), a joint plant phenotyping centre between Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University.

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Vici grant: two sums of 1.5 million for Wageningen scientists

11 March 2020

Leading scientist Christa Testerink has received 1.5 million euros from the Dutch Research Council (known by its Dutch acronym NWO). With this Vici grant, she will spend the next five years researching how plants handle stress with more flexibility than hitherto assumed. Vici is one of the most significant scientific grants in the Netherlands.

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Public-private study on photosynthesis approved

5 March 2020

The board of the NWO Domain Science has allocated 1.7 million euros of funding within the Photosynthesis programme. A consortium led by Mark Aarts of Wageningen University & Research will investigate how photosynthesis in plants responds to changing light conditions. The consortium consists of a collaboration between various knowledge institutes and public-private parties. The Photosynthesis programme aims to contribute to improving photosynthetic efficiency in crops under dynamic, natural cultivation conditions.

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(R)evolution in plant breeding: new options for better photosynthesis

16 January 2020

It seems so logical: each plant carries chloroplasts that contribute to the optimum growth and development of the plant. At least that is what has always been assumed. However, this has turned out to be false, as demonstrated by researchers at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in a scientific publication published today in Nature Plants.

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6th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

12 September 2019

The International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) is organising the 6th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium from 22-26 October, 2019 in Nanjing, China. Rick van de Zedde and René Klein Lankhorst (both from Wageningen University & Research) will present plant phenotyping research in the Netherlands.

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