Module 2 – Plant-Microbe Interactions phenotyping
This module - Plant-microbe interactions, facilitates detailed studies of how soil life such as fungi and bacteria (i.e. the microbiome present in a plant's root system) affects the plant's growth and immune system, or which genetic characteristics enable a plant to benefit the most from the microorganisms in its environment. This ground breaking research will enable breeders to target the selection process and develop plants that need a smaller amount of pesticides, for example.
This module 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.