Module 5 – GreenHouse Phenotyping
This research module comprises a greenhouse full with equipment, sensors and cameras to analyse large numbers of plants. Plants can be placed on conveyor belts for a three-dimensional scan that provides insight into a variety of properties: from the length of the stem to the size, colour and position of the leaves. The greenhouse is also equipped with sensors that analyse chlorophyll fluorescence, a measure of photosynthesis in the plant. The greenhouse has thermal and 3D cameras that can be positioned directly above the plants on a mobile gantry, so the researchers can study plants without moving them, such as quinoa plants that are grown on scales to measure changes in evaporation rates in response to salinification of the soil.
The greenhouse has thermal and 3D cameras that can be positioned directly above the plants on a mobile gantry, so the researchers can study plants without moving them, such as quinoa plants that are grown on scales to measure changes in evaporation rates in response to salinification of the soil.
You are welcome inside to look around and discover this high-tech facility from behind your desk by visiting the virtual tour in the NPEC greenhouse. Enter the virtual tour:
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Tools and equipment
NPEC’s Ecotron facility at Utrecht University consists of a range of 36 fully closed and controlled mesocosm systems that allow for real-life plant (agro-) ecosystem analyses in real time.
Plant-Microbe Interaction Phenotyping
The Plant-Microbe-Interaction Phenotyping Module consists of two independent phenotyping installations designed for high-throughput phenotyping of the plant shoot (Helios) and in-vitro root system (Hades).
Multi-Environment Climate Chambers
NPEC’s Multi-Environment Climate Chambers 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.