Plant Growth Chambers & High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping Platform

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF)

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Short Description

The Plant Sciences Facility operates 22 high quality and state-of-the-art plant growth chambers. Several chambers are capable of providing exceptional environmental conditions allowing precise environmental simulation across different climate zones. In addition one of our chambers is equipped with an automated, chamber integrated, non-destructive plant screening system for objective, reproducible and high-throughput assessment of plant phenotypic traits.

Contact Person

Jakub Jez

Research Services

Basic plant growth:

All growth chambers provide standard plant growth conditions with minor deviations from the set points, independent of external environmental influencing parameters. Temperature, humidity, light and water supply are computer controlled, fully automated and corresponding parameters are continuously graphed and documented.

High-throughput plant phenotyping:

For the objective, reproducible and high-throughput investigation of morphological phenotypes, PlantS operates an automated, chamber integrated, non-destructive plant phenotyping system:

- visible light sensor
- top-view imaging
- chamber integrated system (low temp. chamber)
- capacity: 1260 plants/pots
- image analysis parameters inter alia: projected leaf area, convex hull area, convex hull perimeter, compactness, roundness, leaf segmentation, count of leaves, leaf morphology, color classifications etc.

Environmental simulation:

Several chambers are capable of providing exceptional environmental conditions like

- low temperature (≥ -15°C)
- high temperature (≤ +50°C)
- variable light intensities & light spectra (LED-light: UV-/blue-/white- & red-light)
- variable gas atmosphere conditions (e.g. CO2)

allowing precise environmental simulation across different climate zones and the simulation of various environmental stress conditions.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Basic plant growth:

All growth chambers provide standard plant growth conditions with minor deviations from the set points, independent of external environmental influencing parameters. Temperature, humidity, light and water supply are computer controlled, fully automated and corresponding parameters are continuously graphed and documented.

High-throughput plant phenotyping:

For the objective, reproducible and high-throughput investigation of morphological phenotypes, PlantS operates an automated, chamber integrated, non-destructive plant phenotyping system:

- visible light sensor
- top-view imaging
- chamber integrated system (low temp. chamber)
- capacity: 1260 plants/pots
- image analysis parameters inter alia: projected leaf area, convex hull area, convex hull perimeter, compactness, roundness, leaf segmentation, count of leaves, leaf morphology, color classifications etc.

Environmental simulation:

Several chambers are capable of providing exceptional environmental conditions like

- low temperature (≥ -15°C)
- high temperature (≤ +50°C)
- variable light intensities & light spectra (LED-light: UV-/blue-/white- & red-light)
- variable gas atmosphere conditions (e.g. CO2)

allowing precise environmental simulation across different climate zones and the simulation of various environmental stress conditions.

Allocation to Core Facility

The Plant Sciences Facility (PlantS)

Jakub Jez
Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF)
+43 1 796 2324 7090
jakub.jez@vbcf.ac.at
http://www.vbcf.ac.at/plants
https://youtu.be/w1lxgTvla7Y
The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF) is a research institute providing access to state of the art infrastructure and advanced research services on a fee-for-service basis. Additionally, VBCF core facilities are open to all forms of scientific cooperation. Information on general conditions of cooperation and usage fees is provided upon request.
AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
Coordinator of the Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network (APPN) https://www.appn.at