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

Events

  • 24  May  2022

    IPPN-CEPPG Workshop on Environment Simulation and Plant Phenotyping

    After the finalization of the DPPN funded Plant Cultivation Hall at IPK Gartersleben, the Controlled Environment Plant Phenotyping Working Group (CePPG) is hosting a workshop including international speakers, on-site & online.

    More details on this new phenosphere will be presented in the upcoming IPPN-CEPPG Workshop on Environment Simulation and Plant Phenotyping on May 24th-25th in IPK Gatersleben including guided tours through IPK phenotyping facilities.

    UPDATE: Link to registration now available!

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  • 14  Jun  2022

    Nordic Plant Phenotyping Network: NPPN Field Day 2022

    Participation is free of charge. This includes bus transport on the 14th-15th June, meals and the social dinner on 14th June. Hotel and additional transport should be covered by participants themselves.

    Deadline for registration is 20th May 2022.

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  • 20  Jun  2022

    20th International Sunflower Conference - ISC2020

    Since further development of the situation cannot be foreseen, together with the ISA Board, we have decided to postpone the conference for the next year. The new time for the conference is June 20th to June 23rd, 2022. The conference will be held in the same place, Master center, in Novi Sad, Serbia.

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  • 05  Jul  2022

    SEB Annual Conference 2022

    Discover the art of creating extraordinary science at SEB’s Annual Conference in Montpellier, France from 5 to 8 July 2022.

    Registration will open soon!

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  • 09  Jul  2022

    Plant Biology 2022

    In 2022, we eagerly anticipate the return of an in-person meeting, where we can again share the energy of presenting and discussing leading-edge research, making spontaneous connections, refreshing friendships and collaborations, and being part of the plant science community. 

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  • 14  Aug  2022

    International Horticultural Congress

    The International Horticultural Congress (IHC) is the most important scientific event organised every four years since 1959 in the fields related to Horticulture* under the auspices of ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science).

    Update (12.11.2021): To present your research on related topics, please submit your abstracts (https://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=762) by 15 November 2021.

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  • 27  Sep  2022

    7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (2022)

    The 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, IPPS 2022, brings together a multidisciplinary community of plant biologists, ecologists, engineers, agronomists and computer scientists. In a rich and diverse networking environment we foster knowledge exchange, collaboration and innovation.

    UPDATE:  EARLY BIRD  & Abstract submission periods extended

    • Early Bird Registration closes:  May 1, 2022 [NEW]
    • Abstract Submission closes:  May 15, 2022  [NEW]
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  • 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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EPPN2020 has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731013