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Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center

Quantitative analyses of the plant phenome

We focus on the application and development of high-throughput, non-invasive phenotyping methods for screening of plant shoot and root productivity traits.

In our group teams of plant biologists, engineers and image processing specialists cooperate to realize screening methodologies for shoot and root growth and architecture combined with physiological measurements of plant performance and plasticity to environmental challenges.


JPPC actively cooperates with both academic and industrial partners and enables access to state-of-the-art phenotyping systems and experimental procedures developed at IBG-2 Plant Sciences. The JPPC capacities for plant phenotyping are currently used in national and international research networks such as the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN), European Plant Phenotyping Network, (EPPN). The access for selected users and collaborative projects includes the use of the infrastructure, logistic, technological and scientific support required to conduct the proposed experiment.

How to obtain access? See  Access guidelines (PDF, 18 kB)

Focus Areas

Non-invasive sensors and automation to quantify shoot and root structure and function

Within this focus area, we work in teams of biologists, engineers and technical personnel to design and validate new assays based on imaging towards routine evaluation of leaf area development, canopy light interception and physiological status (for example, RGB, fluorescence and spectral imaging experimental screening) for improved water and nutrient use efficiencies. Technically, our work aims at developing:

  1. workflows for application to high-throughput towards systematic plant phenotyping;
  2. integration of phenotyping routines and environmental monitoring.


Phenotyping of root properties in controlled environment and in the field

Dr. Kerstin Nagel
Dr. Tobias Wojciechowski
Dr. Henning Lenz
Dr. Sebastian Steinemann
Anna Galinski
Carmen Müller
Jonas Lentz
Ann-Kathrin Kleinert
Bernd Kastenholz
Vera Böckem

Phenotyping of leaves and shoot properties

Dr. Niklas Körber
Silvia Braun
Birgit Bleise

Image analysis, automation and engineering

Dr. Mark Müller-Linow
Alexander Putz
Kathrin Heinz


Promote the wide adoption of best practices and standard procedures for plant phenotyping

Within this focus area, we apply data management schemas and database solutions for multi-dimensional plant phenomics data and meta-data. In parallel, we apply large-scale meta-analytical approaches (plant meta-phenomics) for constructing dose-response curves of plant shoot and root traits to main environmental factors above- and below-ground.


Dr. Hendrik Poorter
Benjamin Bruns
Jens Wilhelm