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
28 Nov 2022
We are pleased to inform you that registration is now open for the 7th Congress on plant production in water-limited environment - Interdrought VII to be held for the first time in Africa at King Fahd Hotel, Dakar, Senegal from Monday, November 28th to Friday, December 2nd 2022.More
28 Nov 2022
NOVA PhD course: “Common Data Standards and Integrative Analytic Methods for Plant Phenotyping”
The changing climate requires the development of faster breeding methods. This course is part of a series that aims to introduce the emerging research fields of high throughput plant phenotyping and omics technologies (including bioinformatics). The focus of the course is on computational solutions for handling and analyzing plant phenotyping data.More
13 Jan 2023
Plant & Animal Genome Conference /PAG30
PAG brings together over 3,000 leading genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research, and over 150 exhibits, 200 workshops, 1,200 posters and over 2,000 abstracts.More
13 Feb 2023
NAPPN Annual Conference 2023
Join us in St. Louis, February 13-17 for exciting scientific content, the NAPPN General Assembly, hands-on workshops, Field Trips, and more!More
11 Jun 2023
7th International Symposium on Modelling in Horticultural Supply Chain
The International Symposium on Applications of Modelling as an Innovative Technology in the Horticultural Supply Chain will be held at the Leibniz Institut for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy in Potsdam, GermanyMore
18 Jun 2023
World Soybean Research Conference (WSRC 11)
The 11th World Soybean Research Conference (WSRC 11) as been announced to take place in Vienna, in June 2023.More