Phenotyping News

  • Scientific publication in Plant Physiology including WIWAM xy

    Although the response of plants exposed to severe drought stress has been studied extensively, little is known about how plants adapt their growth under mild drought stress conditions. Here, we analyzed the leaf and rosette growth response of six Arabidopsis thaliana accessions originating from different geographic regions, when exposed to mild drought stress. The automated phenotyping platform ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • WIWAM @ Plant Organ Growth Symposium

    Size control of multi-cellular organisms such as plants poses a longstanding biological question that has fascinated scientists from every time and generation. Currently the question on how size is measured and fixed during growth of an organ or organism is far from resolved, essentially because of its complex, integrated nature of regulation at the cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • Official opening WIWAM Conveyor setup @ VIB

    The finalization of the WIWAM Conveyor setup @ VIB was celebrated with an official opening event on October 3rd 2014 in the presence of about 60 people mainly representing politics, universities, and plant biotech companies. The event started with an inspiring talk by Prof. Dirk Inzé entitled “Seeing is believing”, followed by a presentation showcasing the phenotyping platform ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • Biopute: an official WIWAM dealer in China

    WIWAM joined forces with Biopute to make the phenotyping platforms available in China. Biopute will provide professional marketing and technical support for the WIWAM products. Furthermore, they will install an after-sales service to make local maintenance support possible. Biopute was founded in 2007 by a group of doctors and masters graduates of China Agricultural University. The company is ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • Collaboration agreement between SMO and VIB

    The WIWAM machines are the result of intensive collaboration between machine builder SMO and the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). By signing a collaboration agreement both parties join forces in order to make the plant phenotyping technology available for the scientific community. ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • Phenome network: a harmonized research consortium for innovative global health

    The world is facing an unprecedented convergence of environmental and lifestyle factors that dramatically increase our risk of chronic disease. Global warming, antimicrobial resistance, aging populations, and the prevalence of lifestyle-related illnesses are systematically affecting populations around the world and posing some of the greatest scientific and public health threats seen in modern ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • International Phenome Centre Network Launches with Waters as a Founding Partner

    A consortium of leading research centers from six different countries today launched the ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    Four hundred thousand seedlings, nearly half of what a plant grower of, say, young tomato plants, produces in one season; this is the amount that sorting machines with the MARVIN technology can process in a single day. They rapidly make 3D models of the plants and accurately evaluate their size and features in milliseconds. “The information can be automatically recorded in a database and ...

  • ARPA-E Provides $300,000 In Third Round Funding For PETROSS Project

    In May of 2016, the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) awarded the University of Illinois and the University of Florida $300,000 to continue researching ultra-productive biofuel crops. The research project is called Plants Engineered To Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS), and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Green spaces linked to improved cognitive development in schoolchildren

    Exposure of primary schoolchildren to outdoor green spaces is linked to an improvement in their cognitive development, finds a new study, which is the first of its kind. The association may be partly explained by reductions in traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) near green areas. Approximately half of the global population live in cities, and it is projected that by 2030, three of every five ...

  • Department of Energy Announces 18 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies for Efficient Residential Combined Heat and Power Generation and Bioenergy Crop Development

    The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA). GENSETS projects are aimed at developing generator technologies that ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Launching of the Sciences & Animals Paris Saclay Institute

    What types of animal selection should be used in farming in the coming years? How will the environment impact the phenotypes of animals and the expression of their genomes? How should new strategies for health be defined? Can appropriate and relevant models for prediction be developed? How are the biological systems of livestock and animal models for human health related? On February 12 2015, ...

  • Social genetic effect: reducing biting behaviour

    “Pigs selected on indirect genetic effects for growth display less biting behaviour,” concluded Irene Camerlink after researching Indirect Genetic Effects. The Wageningen UR researcher also has sound advice to pig farmers who want to reduce biting behaviour, such as tail biting, faster: “environment enrichment”. Indirect Genetic Effects (IGEs) are the heritable effects ...

  • Winners of the 2014 INRA Awards

    Five laureates were honoured at the 9th INRA Awards Ceremony for their commitment and findings in such diverse fields as relations between plants and environment, the role of soil microorganisms in the flows of atmospheric carbon or innovative aquaculture. The ceremony took place on 5 November 2014, in the presence of Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, and ...

  • DAFWA researcher wins Seed of Light award

    The winner of the 2014 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western region Seed of Light award is Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) research officer Ben Biddulph. The presentation of the award – made annually to someone who makes a significant contribution to communicating the outcomes of grains research – took place today at Perth’s Agribusiness Crop ...

  • Improving wheat yields for global food security

    With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield. The rate of wheat-yield improvement achievable through conventional plant breeding and genetic engineering alone is not fast enough to compete with a rapidly growing global ...

  • CSIRO and Chinese academy of sciences join forces

    Scientists from CSIRO and CAS will meet in Australia next week to discuss and plan for future research collaborations, with a focus on rice and wheat, which along with corn make up the three most widely grown food crops in the world. Leading CSIRO and CAS researchers in the area of plant genomics will share their latest research findings and also map out the areas where future joint research ...

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