is an innovative, interdisciplinary research network, with partners working together to non‐destructively and quantitatively analyze and screen plant phenotype throughout plants' lifecycles. The ultimate aim of the project is early, non‐biased and faster assessment of traits in lab and field to enable greater efficiency in crop breeding and to optimize decision making in crop management.

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Within the project we work on the subproject B3 “Non-invasive characterization of plant stress at the field scale”, where we do have following aims:

  1. General field characterization using non-invasive measurement techniques (EMI, GPR, and ERT)
  2. Estimating the soil heterogeneity below crop stands using non-invasive measurement techniques
  3. Estimating the root water uptake using non-invasive measurement techniques
  4. Estimating water stress tolerance of different crops using non-invasive measurement techniques.
Figure: Apparent electrical conductivity [mS m-1] map of a sugar beet field at the campus Klein Altendorf (Bonn) measured with the EMI device CMD in horizontal coplanar mode with a coil separation of 122 cm.


Dr. Lutz Weihermüller
Phone: +49-2461-618669
Fax: +49-2461-612518

Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan van der Kruk
Phone: +49 2461 614077
Fax: +49 2461 612518

Sebastian Rudolph
Phone: +49-2461-615254
Fax: +49-2461-612518

Relevant publications:

Jadoon K.Z., Weihermüller, L., Scharnagl, B., Kowalsky, M.B., Bechtold, M., Hubbart, S.S., Vereecken, H., and Lambot, S. 2012. Estimation of field-scale soil hydraulic parameters by integrated hydrogeophysical inversion of time-lapse ground-penetrating radar data. Vadose Zone Journal.

Last Modified: 23.11.2022