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 MeetingMore
25 Nov 2019
H2020 DRAGON Training SchoolMore
02 Dec 2019
International Symposium: Microbe-assisted crop production – opportunities, challenges and needsMore
09 Dec 2019
Conference: IMPACT OF CHROMATIN DOMAINS ON PLANT PHENOTYPESMore
12 Dec 2019
3rd WURomics Symposium Advances in Plant and Food MetabolomicsMore
11 Jan 2020
International Symposium of the Society for Plant Breeding: Digital BreedingMore
20 Jan 2020
Advanced course Statistical tools for plant phenomic data analysisMore
23 Jan 2020
PlantComp 2020: Workshop on plant sensing and computingMore
03 Feb 2020
Crop modelling for Agriculture and Food Security under Global ChangeMore
05 Feb 2020
Workshop: Nordic Plant Genetic Resources Enhancement in a changing climate - Public-Private Partnerships in Pre-BreedingMore
11 Feb 2020
Symposium of the International Symposium of the Society for Plant BreedingMore
22 Jun 2020
Rooting 2020: 9th International Symposium on Root Development
11 Oct 2020
11th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and BiotechnologyMore
Experience of users
"RT_DT_L - In depth phenotyping for drought tolerance-related root traits in a lentil RIL population"