Plants are cultivated in soil-filled custom-made rhizotrons positioned at a 43 degree angle.


The installation GrowScreen-Rhizo 1 allows simultaneous and non-invasive phenotpying of root and shoot growth and architecture of crop plant species grown in soil-filled rhizoboxes (Nagel et al. 2012). The system is located in the experimental greenhouse and consists of two rows of mounting frames in which rhizoboxes with a size of 90x70x5 cm are inserted. The rhizoboxes have one transparent polycarbonate plate to enable non-invasive root phenotyping. The inclination angle of the rhizoboxes is adjusted at 43° with the transparent plate of the rhizoboxes facing downwards to make roots grow at the transparent plate and make them visible and accessible for cameras. Between both rows of rhizoboxes a cabinet for imaging is moving automatically on a linear axis. The installation consists of 72 rhizoboxes which can be imaged within 1.5 hours. The platform is operational since 2011.


Nagel, K. A.; Putz, A.; Gilmer, F.; Heinz, K.; Fischbach, A.; Pfeifer, J.; Faget, M.; Blossfeld, S.; Ernst, M.; Dimaki, C.; Kastenholz, B.; Kleinert, A.-K.; Galinski, A.; Scharr, H.; Fiorani, F.; Schurr, U. (2012). GROWSCREEN-Rhizo is a novel phenotyping robot enabling simultaneous measurements of root and shoot growth for plants grown in soil-filled rhizotrons, Functional plant biology 39(11), 891-904.


Dr. Kerstin Nagel

Head of 'Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center'

  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
  • Plant Sciences (IBG-2)
Building 06.2 /
Room 414
+49 2461/61-9113

Last Modified: 10.10.2022