In partnership with LemnaTec, the global plant phenotyping specialist, scientists at Rothamsted Research have implemented a Field Scanalyzer capable of continuously monitoring the development of crops under field conditions.
The facility will be used initially to understand the development of numerous pre-breeding wheat lines that have been generated through the Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN) programme supported by Defra and the Wheat Initiative Strategic Programme (WISP), funded by the BBSRC and led by the John Innes Centre in collaboration with Rothamsted Research and other university partners.
Dr Malcolm Hawkesford, Head of Plant Biology and Crop Science at Rothamsted, tells the story so far.
Zoetis, previously a subsidiary of Pfizer, is the largest animal health company in the world. The company provides a diverse portfolio of animal medicines and vaccines to meet the needs of veterinarians, pet owners and livestock farmers in more than 120 countries.
At its global R&D headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Zoetis develops effective treatments for internal and external parasites in companion and production animals by using in vitro models.
Global plant phenotyping specialist LemnaTec has unveiled the largest field robot in the world, capable of continuously monitoring the development of crops under real growing conditions.
Manual phenotyping of large sets of plants requires a great deal of resources and expertise and is typically not feasible for detection of subtle phenotypes. Therefore, there is a growing need to develop quantitative, reproducible, and highly automated phenotyping systems to analyze large numbers of plants.