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 is currently being built at Wageningen University & Research.
Research trial with 0.200 and 300 mM salt (NaCl); 300 mM salt is about 75% salinity of sea water. Abiotic stress will also be investigated, especially the genetic variation due to for instance drought stress.
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.