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


  • 27  Oct  2020

    1st Brazilian Symposium on Photosynthesis

    Perspectives to improve photosynthetic efficiency in a climate change scenario

  • 28  Oct  2020

    Virtual Introduction: The 2020 Agricultural Genome to Phenome Inititative (AG2PI) Project

  • 30  Oct  2020

    Phenomics Webinar: Session on Low-Cost Sensors and Vectors for Plant Phenotyping

  • 01  Nov  2020

    DIGICROP 2020 - International Conference on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production

  • 03  Nov  2020

    International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems (IS-CRAES)

  • 05  Nov  2020

    Plant Genomics: Online

  • 23  Nov  2020

    Training course: Tools for reproducible research

  • 24  Nov  2020

    PhenomUK Seminar: Ubiquitous & Synchronous ‘Roots & Shoots’ imaging for Phenotyping & Controlled Environment agriculture

  • 25  Nov  2020

    SEB Webinar: Quick Start Guide to Connecting with Industry

  • 27  Nov  2020

    The 6th Annual Nordic Plant Phenotyping Network Workshop

  • 01  Feb  2021

    Winter School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping

  • 16  Feb  2021

    2021 NAPPN Annual Conference

  • 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

  • 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