Methods and Technologies at the
Jülich Plant Phenotyping Centre
The Phyto-NMR sensor is a portable NMR device that employs basic relaxometry to non-invasively measure the amount of liquids in fruits, stems or leaves.
The sensor is suitable for use in the greenhouse and the lab. It is typically used to monitor growth dynamics of plant parts in response to environmental conditions such as drought, salt, or changes in evapotranspiration.
The typical time resolution is around 5 minutes per time point, but can be reduced to a few seconds as well.
Proof of principle and example of results:
Windt, C. W. ; Soltner, H. ; van Dusschoten, D. ; Blümler, P.
A portable Halbach magnet that can be opened and closed without force: The NMR-CUFF
Journal of magnetic resonance 208, (2011) [10.1016/j.jmr.2010.09.020]
Rascher, U. ; Blossfeld, S. ; Fiorani, F. ; Jahnke, S. ; Jansen, M. ; Kuhn, A. J. ; Matsubara, S. ; Märtin, L. L. A. ; Merchant, A. ; Metzner, R. ; Müller-Linow, M. ; Nagel, K. A. ; Pieruschka, R. ; Pinto, F. ; Schreiber, C. M. ; Temperton, V. M. ; Thorpe, M. R. ; Van Dusschoten, D. ; Van Volkenburgh, E. ; Windt, C. W. ; Schurr, U.
Non-invasive approaches for phenotyping of enhanced performance traits in bean
Functional plant biology 38, 968 - 983 (2011) [10.1071/FP11164]