Module 1 – Ecotron
In the precision mesocosm-level Ecotron researchers can simulate agricultural and natural ecosystems. They can mimic the complexity of the real world in closed systems of which all aspects can be controlled and measured. Ecotrons provide ideal facilities for studying both above-ground and underground processes to discover which combinations of crops work well together, what the best conditions are for ensuring efficient use of nutrients and preserving soil fertility, how plants interact with other plants and soil life, etc.
The Ecotron will be located at Utrecht University.
NPEC's ecotron module consists of a range of fully closed and controlled mesocosm systems that allow for real-life plant (agro-) ecosystem analyses in real time.
Plant-Microbe Interactions phenotyping
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.
Multi-Environment climate chamber
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.
High-Throughput Phenotyping climate chamber
The climate cells in this research module can be used to analyse thousands of plants in a single experiment.
The fully automated NPEC greenhouse is equipped with conveyors and gantries to collect large scale phenotypic data.
The NPEC Open Field module consists of one easily transportable vehicle, the TraitSeeker and three UAVs, all equipped with state-of-the-art sensors.