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 research 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

Events

  • 19  Oct  2023

    PhenoRob Business and Stakeholder Networking Event

    We cordially invite you to join our upcoming networking event on 19.10.2023, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, at Universit├Ątsclub Bonn to exchange ideas with stakeholders from industry, politics, farmers and end-users on new methods in weed control. The event will be opened by the Head of the Digitalization Uni at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Steffen Beerbaum. Participation is free of charge for you.

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  • 23  Oct  2023

    The African Plant Breeders Association Conference 3rd Edition

    The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) Conference was initiated in 2019 to disseminate the latest knowledge and achievements in the field of agriculture, to enhance research and development (R&D) for sustainable agriculture production systems in Africa.

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  • 06  Nov  2023

    Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry 2023

    Since the first edition, MetroAgriFor intends to create an active and stimulating forum where academics, researchers and industry experts in the field of measurement and data processing techniques for Agriculture, Forestry and Food can meet and share new advances and research results.

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