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2018


B·Debate: When development meets stress, Barcelona

Last week our colleague Klára Panzarová was attending B·Debate called When development meets stress: Understanding developmental reprogramming upon pathogenesis in plants in Barcelona, Spain organized by CRAG, Centre for Research in Agricultural genomics, Excelencia Severo Ochoa, Biocat and Obra Social la Caixa. She was one of the speakers and presented PSI with a speech about Novel phenotypic approaches in quantitative analysis of biotic stress in plants.


2018


Large-scale PSI PlantScreenTM System for Hungurian Academy of Science in Szeged

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system complex to be located at Biological Research Centre (BRC) Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary. The BRC is an outstanding institution of the internationally acknowledged Hungarian biological research. It employs about 260 scientists whose work is hall-marked by highly appreciated international scientific publications and patents. The research topics include several fields of molecular and cell biology from the industrial utilization of bacteria through controlled improvement of cultivated plants to the problems of human health and environmental protection. BRC is mainly a scientific basic research centre, but scientists of BRC play an initiative role in the foundation and promotion of biotechnological companies, as well as in educational duties.

PSI has designed a PlantScreenTM systems tailored to BRC’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in our Fytoscope walk-in growth room optimised for phenotyping applications under precisely controlled environmental conditions, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Imre Vass of Institute of Plant Biology, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The entire phenotyping complex consists of customised PlantScreenTM Compact System, PlantScreenTM Root System that are both inside large growth chamber. The last part is a PlantScreenTM Modular System which will be located in a Greenhouse.

Systems are fully automated and utilize cutting-edge imaging sensors. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Root and Shoot morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence with GFP/YFP imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (VNIR hyperspectral imaging)
  • Stomatal conductance (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM PSI’s PlantscreenTM system is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ engineers, imaging specialists, plant research scientists and experts in optics at PSI.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for first half of next year.


Photo credit: Biological Research Centre (BRC) ´s website


PSI PlantScreenTM System for Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system to be located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA. Currently celebrating 75 years since its foundation, ORNL is a world leader in numerous research fields, including biology, energy and materials science.

In conjunction with its North American partner, Qubit Systems Inc., PSI has custom-designed a PlantScreenTM system tailored to ORNL’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in a greenhouse/headhouse facility optimised for phenotyping applications, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Gerald Tuskan of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The PlantScreenTM consists of an automated conveyor capable of transporting thousands of plants between a cultivation area in the greenhouse and PSI’s suite of cutting-edge imaging devices. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Plant morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status
  • (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (hyperspectral imaging)
  • Relative water content and water distribution (NIR imaging)
  • Stomatal movement (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ plant research scientists, imaging specialists, electronics technologists and software engineers at PSI and Qubit Phenomics.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for June 2019.


Photo credit: Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy



Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

That`s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for Photon Systems Instruments. Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

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IPAP 2018
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We are very proud to invite you to the THIRD INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between August 26th and 29th 2018.
The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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2016


IPAP 2016

We are very proud to invite you to the SECOND INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between September 4th and 7th. The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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NEW VNIR Hyperspectral Camera

PSI developped and introduced to market a new VNIR hyperspectral camera with unique spectral resolution of 0.8 nm. Hyperspectral imaging has been used for many years to study patterns of plant growth from satellite imaging. This technology has been refined in PSI’s PlantScreenTM Phenotyping Systems to provide 3-dimensional hyperspectral data sets of plants on a pixel by pixel basis in spectral range from 400 to 2500 nm.

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NEW PSI Research Center is OPEN!

By end of June 2016 PSI Research Center facility for automated high throughput phenotyping of small up to mid-size scale plants was launched. PlantScreenTM Compact System accommodates 320 plants that can be monitored during development for photosynthetic performance via kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging sensors, for stomata behavior via thermal imaging camera and for morphological features and growth dynamics with three side RGB imaging system. The platform is installed inside of cultivation chamber with precisely controlled environmental conditions and will be used as service platform with professional support to scientific community for plant cultivation and image-based monitoring in controlled environment.


Installation of PlantScreenTM Modular System for phenotyping of 350 plants up to 1.5 in height in Rice Research Institute at Kasetsart University In Bangkok

Recently we installed the PlantScreenTM Modular phenotyping system at Kasetsart University in Thailand. The system consist of chlorophyll fluorescence measuring unit, side view thermal imaging unit, VNIR hyperspectral imaging unit, automatic watering and weighing station and growing buffers for 350 plants with height up to 1.2 meters.


Installation of PlantScreenTM Compact System at Tel-Aviv University in Israel

First installation of this year was done at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. The PlantScreenTM Compact System for high-throughput plant phenotyping contains FluorCam imaging unit for chlorophyll fluorescence acquisition and GFP measurement, RGB morphometric imaging unit from 3 different sides, NIR imaging unit for plant water status investigation, automatic watering and weighing station and adaptation chamber for accommodating of 240 plants.


2015


NEW PSI Research Center was founded!

In summer, PSI Research Center was founded and during the coming 12 months will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for plant and algae cultivation and monitoring. PSI Research Center provides service platform with professional support to scientific community for plant cultivation and image-based monitoring in controlled environment and in greenhouses.


1st IPAP 2015

First Integrated Plant and Algal Phenomics Meeting (IPAP) was organized in Prague and Drasov in June 2015.

See photo archive from 2015 Meeting here


PlantScreenTM Modular and Compact Systems installations in Finland

Both systems for high-throughput plant phenotyping were installed at University of Helsinki, Finland. PlantScreenTM Modular System integrates chlorophyll fluorescence imaging unit FluorCam, RGB morphometric imaging unit, automatic watering and weighing unit and growing buffers for 270 plants with height up to 1.2 meters. PlantScreen™ Compact System consist of FluorCam imaging unit, RGB morphometric imaging units from 3 different sides, thermal imaging unit and automatic weighing and watering station. PlantScreenTM Compact System is placed in the FytoScope growing chamber with controlled environment.

NEW PlantScreenTM Modular System

PSI presented a new line of Phenotyping systems – PlantScreenTM Modular System, which integrates robotic solution for high-precision digital plant phenotyping and plant cultivation of mid-scale size up to large plants (e.g., corn, wheat) in greenhouses or semi-controlled environment.

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NEW FluorCam CCD camera

New generation of highly sensitive chlorophyll fluorescence CCD camera was introduced.

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PlantScreenTM Modular System installed in Aberystwyth

PlantScreenTM Modular System for small and mid-sized plants was installed at Aberystwyth University in United Kingdom. In the system are built in chlorophyll fluorescence imaging unit FluorCam, RGB morphometric imaging unit from two sides and automatic watering and weighing station. Installation is placed in the glasshouse, where the part of the system are also growing buffers for 2000 plants, which are automatically delivered to the imaging units.


Conferences

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17th International Congress pn Photosynthesis Research
Maastricht, The Netherlands
August 7 - 12, 2016
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17th Eucarpia - 20th{/sup] General Congress
Zurich, Switzerland
August 29 - September 1, 2016
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2[sup]nd International Plant and Algal Phenomics Meeting 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
September 4 - 7, 2016
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4th Plant Genomics Congress USA
Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 12 - 13, 2016
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AusPheno 2016[/b]
Canberra, Australia
September 18 - 23, 2016
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13th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress
Copenhagen, Denmark
October 25 - 28, 2016
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Recent events


2016

2016 Western Photosynthesis Conference
The Devil’s Thumb, CO, USA
January 3 - 6, 2016
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International Plant & Animal Genome XXIV
San Diego, CA, USA
January 9 - 13, 2016
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Molecular and Biophysical Aspects of Photosynthesis
Venice, Italy
January 25 - 29, 2016
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C4 Photosynthesis
Canberra, Australia
April 10 - 13, 2016
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2nd Annual Conference of the COST Action on Phenotyping on Plant and Cellular Level (PhenomenALL)
Copenhagen, Denmark
April 18 - 20, 2016
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European Networks Conference on Algal and Plant Photosynthesis
Qawra, Malta
April 26 - 29, 2016
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4th Plant Genomics Congress Europe
London, United Kingdom
May 9 - 10, 2016
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XI. Finnish Plant Science Days 2016
Turku, Finland
May 25 - 26, 2016

Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB 2016 Congress
Prague, Czech Republic
June 26 - 30, 2016
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SEB Brighton 2016
Brighton, United Kingdom
July 4 - 7, 2016
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Plant Biology 2016
Austin, Texas, USA
July 9 - 13, 2016
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