The GREENHOUSE SCANALYZER Plant-to-Sensor platform continuously monitors of plants under controlled conditions without human intervention. Plants are transported by conveyers through a series of imaging cabinets, each cabinet hosting a different sensor, to capture multiple data points per plant per run. Conveyer systems can harbour variable numbers of plants, ranging from small versions for few plants up to large installations for several hundreds of plants.
In each imaging cabinet, a turning system can rotate the plants to capture images horizontally from all sides, together with a camera from above. This results in comprehensive quantitative data about phenotypic traits of the plants that refer to development, physiology and environmental responses.
Other system options include watering, weighing and spraying units and a light tunnel to light- or dark-adapt plants before measuring fluorescence data. By combining modules in different configurations, our customers can create the ideal plant phenotyping system.
To ensure a high degree of homogeneity within treatment groups, LemnaTec’s MOVING FIELD uses conveyers to constantly move plants around in a predefined sequence. This also enables users to optimize plant density and simulate more realistic agricultural growing conditions resulting in more relevant research data.
In phenotypic studies there is an increasing demand for sensor-to-plant platforms, as it is preferable not to move the plants to avoid mechanical stress. For such applications, a motorized gantry can be fitted inside the greenhouse to transport sensors above the plants. The GREENHOUSE GANTRY can carry a variety of sensors that capture phenotypic properties and sensors for environmental factors.