Poland: Application for National Network of Plant Phenotyping Research Infrastructure

Phenotyping Adelaide

The network may form the basis of Poland’s participation in EMPHASIS.

The Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, actively uses modern phenotyping methods and supports EMPHASIS through its organization of the Polish community.

With the support of a number of leading units active in the area of plant sciences (state institutes, universities) the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences has submitted an application to establish a Polish Network of Research Infrastructure for Plant Phenotyping to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. If approved, this application will be the basis of possible participation of Poland in EMPHASIS. To prepare the application, the potential and needs of Polish units, as well as expectations related to national and international collaboration in the area of plant phenotyping were surveyed. A meeting of scientists interested in the subject is planned for November 2019.    

To promote modern methods and collaboration with EPPN2020 and EMPHASIS, a seminar entitled “Plant phenotyping: a picture of European collaboration” was organized at IPG PAS on 29 June 2019. In the seminar, Prof. Paweł Krajewski presented a general picture of the current methodologies and aims of the projects, and Dr. Krzysztof Mikołajczak described the EPPN2020 Transnational Access programme and shared his experience concerning writing applications and running the projects (see below). In addition to participants from IPG PAS, the seminar was also attended by scientists from other units located in Poznań.

A number of research projects using modern phenotyping methods is currently ongoing at IPG PAS. The Phenotyping and Genotyping Team of Dr. Anetta Kuczyńska at IPG PAS is running two EPPN2020 Transnational Access (TA) projects: “Drought effects on root developmental aspects in spring barley population differentiated in the sdw1/denso locus” (2nd Call of TA, acronym: BAIMRoot, ID:154, leader: Dr. Krzysztof Mikołajczak; the project addresses drought effects on root development in spring barley, the Access Provider is ALSIA-Metapontum Agrobios Research Center, Metaponto, Italy) and “The architecture and development of the root system in barley plants grown under drought conditions in relation to flowering acceleration” (3rd Call of TA, acronym: FLOWroots, ID:206, leader: dr Piotr Ogrodowicz; the project is aimed at dynamic root imaging under water shortage in relation to above-ground traits, the Access Provider is the National Plant Phenomics Center, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, UK). Information obtained in these projects will permit the accurate evaluation of barley genotypes in their response to drought and enable understanding the genetic background of root architecture. The data will be integrated with transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome profiling of barley under abiotic stress characterized in other experiments with the same material.

Apart from the TA projects of EPPN2020,the group of A. Kuczyńska is involved in projects using modern phenotyping financed from other sources. For example, the project entitled “Explanation of the hormone crosstalk and its role in shaping the plant architecture in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)”, financed by the Polish National Center for Science, focuses on measurements of hormone abundance, phenotypic variability, and gene expression at transcript and protein levels in a set of specially selected barley phytohormonal mutants, to build a GA-related hormone and gene regulatory network. In this project, the phenotypic differences between genotypes are studied by the method of imaging in collaboration with the Plant Accelerator hosted by University of Adelaide, Australia.


Text and picture provided by Paweł Krajewski and Anetta Kuczyńska.


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