Plant Phenotyping

Plant phenotyping is an emerging science that links genomics with plant ecophysiology and agronomy. The functional plant body (PHENOTYPE) is formed during plant growth and development from the dynamic interaction between the genetic background (GENOTYPE) and the physical world in which plants develop (ENVIRONMENT). These interactions determine plant performance and productivity measured as accumulated biomass and commercial yield and resource use efficiency. The full array of plant science from molecular to field scale must be integrated to develop strategies for a sustainable plant. The progress in molecular and genetic tools for plant breeding was significant in recent years, but a quantitative analysis of the actual plant traits (e.g. grain weight or pathogen resistance), i.e. PHENOTYPING, was limited by a lack of efficient techniques. Network structured approaches were initiated to close the gap between laboratory studies and field application by developing technological solutions for this problem.

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BIOP participates in the German (Deutsches Pflanzen Phänotypisierungs Netzwerk, DPPN) and in International (European Plant Phenotyping Network, EPPN) phenotyping networks. These are developed in cooperation with the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Leibniz-Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben, as well as with several European partners. The networks intend to overcome current limitations of plant phenotyping with new and improved technology platforms, linking the expertise of the involved institutions with their respective focus on the interaction of plants with the abiotic and biotic environment and on characterization and utilization of plant genetic diversity.

We provide Access to our facilities via our homepage and by participating in following international networks and infrastructures:

DPPN is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF (project identification number 031A053)