Energy efficacy, spectra key for producing high-throughput plant phenotyping data from growth rooms to field
The official opening of NPEC will take place preceding the weeklong International Plant Phenotyping Symposium 2022 (IPPS 2022), held from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 in Wageningen, Netherlands. Fluence, a Gold Sponsor of IPPS 2022, will attend the conference and opening of NPEC in Wageningen.
“Using highly customizable technologies that generate high-quality plant performance data on how environmental parameters affect the plant phenotype was a key requirement when selecting our equipment partners,” said Rick van de Zedde, senior scientist and project manager for NPEC. “Having worked with Fluence for the lighting in our Serre Red high-tech quarantine greenhouse, we knew PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4 white spectrum fixtures could help establish a near-ideal research environment in the NPEC greenhouse.”
In addition to Fluence’s VYPR top lights, which feature PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4 white spectrum, NPEC researchers will use the Maxi-MARVIN imaging cabinet to assist in research, a high-throughput 3D modeling system developed by WUR that can reconstruct a plant’s architecture within milliseconds. Other high-tech research tools at WUR include a dark and light adaptation chamber and imaging systems capability to analyze the photosynthetic efficiency of plants.
“Establishing research on genotype-phenotype associations, specifically how ecological and environmental variables impact the plant phenotype, is essential for the development of novel, climate-proof crops,” explained van de Zedde. “Automated phenotyping will also allow for a dramatic increase in the speed of plant breeding and time to market for novel crop varieties.”
“We are honored to partner with WUR to advance the future of high-quality food production and sustainability in cultivation,” said Theo Tekstra, Fluence’s technical director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and team lead for the WUR project. “Our PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4 white spectrum came closest to what the WUR scientific team defined as an ideal spectrum to do year-round research on a wide range of plant species.”
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