On March 3rd KeyGene opened a digital plant phenotyping facility installed by WPS. Go to the press release for more information.
The KeyGene system offers many new and world first features including:
- Moving Field: To reduce plant physical contact during their longitudinal movement over a conveyor, WPS has developed mechanisms that almost entirely reduce the longitudinal movement of plants relative to neighbouring plants- thus plants are removed from their storage area a row at a time and similarly returned- this also facilitates higher-density conveyor systems per GH and significantly reducing any chance of plant damage.
- Ultra-high-throughput imaging- acquires 72 side images including image analysis in 4 seconds. For high-resolution phenotyping and accurate quantification of anatomical features such as ears, tillers, panicles etc. More information about imaging sensors.
- Successful implementation of a root and shoot phenotyping protocol- the WPS platforms successfully combines square transparent pots with special light-tight adapters to visualize root development over time.
- WPS plant carriers are designed with multiple click-on adapter plates to convey a diverse range of plant species, dimensions, weights and buffers plants to the front and rear from contact.
See photo’s below to get an impression of the digital phenotyping system.