Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center (JPPC)

The Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center (JPPC) is developed and operated by the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Plant Sciences (IBG-2). Its focus is on the quantitative assessment of plant–environment interactions and the mechanistic, high-throughput and field phenotyping of plants to measure their key structural and functional properties.

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Growth conditions are controlled precisely and non-invasive technologies are used for measurements. Root and shoot properties can be quantified for a range of different crops in automated plant screening facilities under controlled growth chamber and greenhouse conditions, as well as in the field.


3D MRI image of a maize root
3D MRI image of a maize root
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JPPC offers a number of optical approaches to record the visual reflectance and fluorescence as well as multi- and hyperspectral microwave and infrared analysis of plants. Root structures and functions are visualized by means of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and positron emission tomography (PET). The field phenotyping methods are based on multiscale measurement approaches to scale cell- and leaf-level processes to the canopy and regional level (remote sensing).

These and further methods are applied to studies on growth performance, the efficient use of nutrients and water, and plant reactions to abiotic and selected biotic factors.

IBG-2 conducts research and innovation within academic networks together with partners from plant-breeding and industrial enterprises.

The institute coordinates national, European (ESFRI project EMPHASIS – European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation), and international networks for plant phenotyping.

Combined MRI and PET images of a plant root
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The aim of EMPHASIS is to establish an integrated European infrastructure network for plant phenotyping and breeding that coordinates the integration of national plant phenotyping platforms.

JPPC is also available to external researchers. This way, IBG-2 makes an important contribution to the international scientific community.

More Information:

Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Plant Sciences (IBG-2)

Application: Access guidelines (PDF, 18 kB)

German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN)
European Plant Phenotying Network (EPPN2020)

International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN)
Pan-European Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure (ESFRI-Projekt) EMPHASIS

Last Modified: 11.07.2023