Plant Phenotyping

Plants are essential elements for the bioeconomy of the future. They are in the center of grand challengeslike the food/ feed, the resource and materials, the climate as well as the energy challenge. Integrating approaches across all scales of plant systems from molecular to field applications are necessary to develop sustainable plant production with higher yield using limited resources of land, water and nutrients better and improving the quality characteristics required for traditional and novel utilization of plants for the future.

Plant phenotyping is an emerging field of research developing rapidly due to on a strong demand by crop breeders, agricultural industry, and academia. While traditional phenotyping is done with moderate technological efforts, acceleration and valorization of the modern knowledge-based phenotyping will build on specialized infrastructure and simultaneous development of technologies and protocols. The infrastructure must especially allow high-throughput analysis under well-defined and monitored environmental conditions in growth chambers, greenhouses and in the field.

High-throughput systems must be complemented by mechanistic phenotyping to identify relevant proxies for high- and medium throughput in order to maximize the transfer from controlled into field conditions. In addition the knowledge gained from high-definition phenotyping will be the sound basis for the next step, which is the development of simpler and wider usable systems. These methods do also nourish basic research to support the generation of knowledge to further feed the innovation process.

Plant Phenotyping Facilities

Plant phenotyping facilities are constructed together with our host institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP).

Link to our Plant Phenotyping Facilities