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 and the incorporated camera setups by Dr. Nathalie Wuyts. Next, the invitees got the opportunity to visit the WIWAM Conveyor in the greenhouse and to further discuss and reflect during a reception. The official opening also attracted the presence of Belgian television (see movies below (Dutch only)).
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.
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 mainly engaged in products in the field of plant physiology and plant performance, and analytical instruments for soil ,...
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 WIWAM was used to impose stress early during leaf development, when the third leaf emerges from the shoot apical meristem....
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 level. The state of the art knowledge on the mechanisms that govern plant organ growth and size control was discussed at...
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 times. These challenges require global solutions that can be identified and implemented quickly. Our success may depend...