EMPHASIS at the FZJ Open Day
As Forschungszentrum Juelich opened its gates for 28000 visitors last Sunday, EMPHASIS used the opportunity to explain to the general public why we need plant phenotyping.
Within the large green houses of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, researchers demonstrated how different plant traits are studied, for example, complex root structures in rhizotrons – flat growth chambers that allow observation of the growing root through a glass window (see picture). Outside of the institute, researchers presented sensors which they use to analyse the dynamic characteristics of plants in field experiments. The EMPHASIS team highlighted the importance of plant phenotyping experiments for future food supplies and explained the meaning of integrated research infrastructures.