Dutch Government Finances Netherlands Plant Eco-Phenotyping Centre
In April 2018, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-Phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University.
NPEC provides a versatile modular platform that will enable Dutch and international scientists, botch academic and R&D, to carry out accurate high-throughput phenotyping: studies of plant performance in relation to relevant biotic and abiotic factors across a range of scales, from molecule to crop, from nm to km.
NPEC is an integrated, national research facility housed by Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University and is co-funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for 10 years with a contribution of 11 million euros. The total costs of NPEC amounts up to 22 million euros.