Why do we need plant phenotyping?

Plant derived products are at the center of grand challenges posed by increasing requirements for food, feed and raw materials. Integrating approaches across all scales from molecular to field applications are necessary to develop sustainable plant production with higher yield and using limited resources. While significant progress has been made in molecular and genetic approaches in recent years, the quantitative analysis of plant phenotypes - structure and function of plant - has become the major bottleneck.

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.

What is EPPN2020 doing?

The EPPN2020 is a reseach infrastructure project funded by Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU that will provide European public and private scientific sectors with access to a wide range of state-of-the-art plant phenotyping facilities, techniques and methods, and help boost the exploitation of genetic and genomic resources available for crop improvement that represents a major scientific challenge for this coming decade. EPPN2020 specifically aims to facilitate the community progressing across the whole phenotyping pipeline, involving sensors and imaging techniques, data analysis in relation to environmental conditions, data organization and storage, data interpretation in a biological context and meta-analyses of experiments carried out on different organs at different scales of plant organization.

Specifically EPPN2020 includes:

  • Transnational Access to 31 key plant phenotyping installations

  • Joint Research Activities to develop: i) novel technologies and methods for environmental and plant measurments, ii) tools for statistical analysis and iii)  a European plant phenotyping indormation systems

  • Networking Activities to increase integration between phenotyping facilities and users within and outside of EPPN2020


  • 18  Jan  2021

    Intercropping for Sustainability

  • 10  Feb  2021

    COST Action Workshop: Remote sensing and plant phenotyping

  • 12  Feb  2021

    16th PhenoRob Seminar Series

  • 16  Feb  2021

    2021 NAPPN Annual Conference

  • 12  Mar  2021

    17th PhenoRob Seminar Series

  • 19  Mar  2021

    Exchange event between the European phenomic community & industry

    On behalf of the Executive Committee of the EU project EPPN2020, we are pleased to invite you to the next knowledge exchange event between the European phenomic community and industry, at a joint event between EPPN2020 & Phenome taking place remotely (videoconference) on 19 March 2021. This will be the occasion to present the future European infrastructure for Phenomics, EMPHASIS.

  • 21  Mar  2021

    Hydro2020: III International Symposium on Soilless Culture and Hydroponics: Innovation and Advanced Technology for Circular Horticulture

  • 22  Mar  2021

    Plant Biology And Biotechnology 2020

  • 17  May  2021

    21st Symposium of the European Grassland Federation

  • 21  Jun  2021

    20th International Sunflower Conference

  • 21  Jun  2021

    ICAR 2021: The 31st International Conference on Arabidobsis Research

  • 28  Jun  2021

    Summer School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping

  • 29  Jun  2021

    SEB Annual Meeting 2021

  • 06  Jul  2021

    IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop: Plant Phenotyping with Minicomputers and Low-Cost Cameras

  • 05  Sep  2021

    World Soybean Research Conference XI

  • 13  Sep  2021

    2nd Cologne Conference on Food for Future


All events


EPPN2020 has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731013