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

  • 10  Oct  2022

    PlantComp 2022 - Workshop on plant sensing and computing

    PlantComp will bring together young researchers in plant physiology, sensing and modelling. Due to the increased specialisation in these fields, researchers are often unaware of novel technologies from other fields. PlantComp is set up to bridge this gap and to facilitate a cross-pollination among these fields in plant sciences and to advance towards increased interdisciplinary research.

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  • 28  Nov  2022

    Interdrought VII

    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.

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  • 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, Germany

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  • 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.

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