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  Nov  2019

    4th Biostimulants World Congress

  • 20  Nov  2019

    1st NordPlant Annual Meeting

  • 25  Nov  2019

    H2020 DRAGON Training School

  • 02  Dec  2019

    International Symposium: Microbe-assisted crop production – opportunities, challenges and needs

  • 09  Dec  2019


  • 12  Dec  2019

    3rd WURomics Symposium Advances in Plant and Food Metabolomics

  • 11  Jan  2020

    International Symposium of the Society for Plant Breeding: Digital Breeding

  • 20  Jan  2020

    Advanced course Statistical tools for plant phenomic data analysis

  • 23  Jan  2020

    PlantComp 2020: Workshop on plant sensing and computing

  • 03  Feb  2020

    Crop modelling for Agriculture and Food Security under Global Change

  • 05  Feb  2020

    Workshop: Nordic Plant Genetic Resources Enhancement in a changing climate - Public-Private Partnerships in Pre-Breeding

  • 11  Feb  2020

    Digital Breeding

    Symposium of the International Symposium of the Society for Plant Breeding

  • 22  Jun  2020

    Rooting 2020: 9th International Symposium on Root Development


  • 11  Oct  2020

    11th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology


All events

Experience of users

"RT_DT_L - In depth phenotyping for drought tolerance-related root traits in a lentil RIL population"

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