EMPHASIS at the FZJ Open Day
As Forschungszentrum Juelich opened its gates for 28,000 visitors on 7 July, EMPHASIS used the opportunity to explain to the general public why plant phenotyping is essential for crop breeding, adaptation to climate change and sustainable crop production.
Within the new green house facilities of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, researchers demonstrated how various plant traits are studied, for example, complex root structures in rhizotrons (see picture). To demonstrate field phenotyping, researchers presented sensors which they use to analyse the dynamic characteristics of crops in field experiments. The EMPHASIS team highlighted the importance of plant phenotyping experiments for future food supplies by enabling crop adaptation to climate change and explained the meaning of integrated research infrastructures.