LemnaTec is specialized in equipment for plant phenotyping, assessing plants quantitatively. They sell systems to breeders, research facilities, commercial players in seed and agriculture business, but also universities. The company has lately added new systems to their portfolio.
A larger number of samples means a higher statistical relevance. By using a conveyor-based system, plants can be assessed every day, if not even more often. The PhenoAIxpert HT is such a system, meant for high-throughput phenotyping with multiple camera types including visible light, fluorescence, or hyperspectral imaging. Plants in pots or trays are grown on storage lines and go through the measurement stations automatically. Genotypes can be compared and quantified, for instance for growth and their response to biotic or abiotic stress conditions. With a system like this, the plants can also be randomized regarding their storage positions. This will help mitigate localization effects in the greenhouse. While the HT in PhenoAIxpert HT means high throughput, PhenoAIxpert systems are available for manual operation, too.
LemnaTec imaging cabinets and storage conveyors at the IPK Gatersleben
Bioluminescence is a reporter for gene activity, molecular interactions, and plant-microbe interactions. The PhenoAIxpert ES (Enhanced Sensor) version has high-sensitivity camera, mounted in parallel to the RGB camera. This allows the recording of ultra-low bioluminescence signals. The first system was recently shipped to the university of Amsterdam, Netherlands researching plant-microbe interactions.
Image source: University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), Molecular Plant Pathology, Dr. H.A van den Burg
Plant monitoring in breeding
Comparing growth of large numbers of individual plants is a common task when breeding a new crop variety. A breeder could install a growth measurement system in his greenhouse, for instance to automatically conduct seeding emergence and growth testing. This can be done with a camera system, mounted across a whole facility. The CropScore system can comprise a very large number of cameras, a whole area can be monitored, and synchronized measurements can be taken. This way, you get a time-based collection of recordings to document and measure plant growth over time.