Plant Physiology

To elucidate and understand the foundation of complex traits there is a growing need to provide reliable, consistent and ultimately, standardized quantitative data for plant research and particularly plant breeders. Furthermore, in identifying advantageous phenotypic traits, typically many thousands of plants must be analyzed, non-destructively, at various growth stages (even over their whole life cycle) to measure even the slightest of responses after the induction of treatment.

WPS is able to provide a strong underlying understanding of the mechanisms involved in plant response and its characterization with a choice of high-throughput digital phenotyping technologies suitable for:

  • Controlled environments such as growth rooms, for tighter control of environmental conditions (PAR, Temperature, CO2, humidity) with an aim to reduced experimental variability,
  • Green-houses; and
  • Outdoors in the field or field-like conditions with highly standardized imaging conditions.

WPS and its industry partners deliver a wide range of imaging sensors to investigate plant function and functional responses in a rapid (seconds), non-destructive manner to characterize plant phenotypes. Imaging modules include:

  • Morphometric and RGB Analysis: plant growth, architectural analyses, color change, 3D feature recognition
  • Chlorophyll Fluorescence Kinetics Imaging: an early indicator of plant stress from impaired photosynthesis
  • Thermal Imaging: measuring leaf temperature and its ability to self-regulate diffusion through stomata
  • Hyperspectral Imaging: hyperspectral imaging is a relatively new non-destructive imaging technology with much potential for physiological studies in the VIS, NIR and SWIR spectral ranges
  • NIR Imaging: quickly identify plants that are drying rapidly compared to those that are maintaining a healthier water status.

Furthermore, the data provided by these can be used in conjunction with other WPS modules such as:

  • Watering, Weighing and Nutrient Delivery
  • Environmental monitoring (temperature, relative humidity, light intensity, light spectral sensor, CO2); and used for data normalization alongside appropriate modeling.

In an uncertain future where population growth, environmental issues and climate variability will increase the pressure to discover new higher-yielding varieties using fewer resources, WPS has a portfolio of solutions suitable for screening potential candidates.

Specifically addressing climate change, WPS provides controlled environments, either within a greenhouse or our own growth rooms, each with varying conditions such as CO2 levels and temperature. Automated image analysis, environmental monitoring and plant handling is also possible within these environments- contact us for custom solutions to your budget-specific and research defined requirements.