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JPPC - das Jülich Plant Phenotyping Centre am IBG-2

Quantitative analysis of the plant phenome: our goals

  • To combine non-invasive sensors and automation to quantify shoot and root structure and function
  • To evaluate workflows for application to high-throughput towards systematic plant phenotyping
  • To integrate phenotyping routines and environmental monitoring including for growth-limiting conditions
  • To promote the wide adoption of best practices and standard procedures for plant phenotyping

Collaborative research: Access to JPPC infrastructure

JPPC actively cooperates with both academic and industrial partners and enables access to state-of-the-art phenotyping systems and experimental procedures developed at the IBG2 Plant Science Institute. The JPPC capacities for plant phenotyping are currently used in national and international research networks such as the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN) Website European Plant Phenotyping Network, EPPN. The access for selected users and collaborative projects includes the use of the infrastructure, logistic, technological and scientific support required to conduct the proposed experiment. How to obtain access?

Our competences in plant biology, bio-physics and phenotyping methodologies complement ‘-omics’ approaches at the molecular level.
JPPC provides the basis for the development of a national phenotyping platform named in the High Tech Strategy of the German federal government.

Suite of phenotyping methodologies

Phenotyping methods exploit optical and non-optical electromagnetic technologies such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance also combined with dedicated short-lived radiotracers setups for visualization of carbon and nitrogen fluxes. Meta-analyses of published literature data provide tools to construct dose-response curves for growth related traits (meta-phenomics)
Research projects focus on the selection of a growing number of crop plants (cereals, rapeseed, sugar beet) characterized by enhanced resource use efficiency.

Multidisciplinary work environment

At IBG-2 Plant Sciences plant biologists cooperate with physicists, chemists and engineers to unravel the dynamics of plant responses to heterogeneous environments.

Selected references

Fiorani F, Rascher U, Jahnke S, Schurr U. 2012. Imaging plants dynamics in heterogenic environments.

Curr Opin Biotechnol, 23, 227-235. Pubmed


Nagel KA, Putz A, Gilmer F, Heinz K, Fischbach A, et al. 2012. GROWSCREEN-Rhizo is a novel phenotyping robot enabling simultaneous measurements of root and shoot growth for plants grown in soil-filled rhizotrons.

Funct Plant Biol.



Poorter H, Niinemets Ü, Walter A, Fiorani F, Schurr U. 2010. A method to construct dose–response curves for a wide range of environmental factors and plant traits by means of a meta-analysis of phenotypic data.

Journal of Experimental Botany 61:2043-55.


Jahnke S, Menzel MI, van Dusschoten D, Roeb GW, Buhler J, et al. 2009. Combined MRI-PET dissects dynamic changes in plant structures and functions.

Plant J 59:634-44 Pubmed


Jansen M, Gilmer F, Biskup B, Nagel KA, Rascher U, et al. 2009. Simultaneous phenotyping of leaf growth and chlorophyll fluorescence via GROWSCREEN FLUORO allows detection of stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana and other rosette plants. Funct Plant Biol 36:902-14

Walter A, Silk WK, Schurr U. 2009. Environmental effects on spatial and temporal patterns of leaf and root growth. Annu Rev Plant Biol 60:279-304

Full list of IBG2 publications

Additional Information


Research Infrastructure beyond national relevance


JPPC in the Meril Data Base (EU)


JPPC - Part of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape




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