Module 4 – High-Throughput Phenotyping climate chamber
The climate cells in this research module can be used to analyse thousands of plants in a single experiment. These climate cells are packed full with advanced measuring equipment that can provide rapid insight into how different plant varieties behave in varying climate conditions. This facility is already being used for research into accelerating photosynthesis (the conversion of sunlight into growth) in the model organism Arabidopsis. The research to date has revealed, among other things, that specific genes can be linked to the efficiency of photosynthesis. The climate cells can also be used to study the reactions of the root systems of crops such as tomato and potato to salinisation.
This module is currently being built at Wageningen University & Research.
Tools and equipment
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 Robin PSI PlantScreenTM system is an independent device which can be used to create a digital phenotype of individual plants.
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.