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2018


B·Debate: When development meets stress, Barcelona

Last week our colleague Klára Panzarová was attending B·Debate called When development meets stress: Understanding developmental reprogramming upon pathogenesis in plants in Barcelona, Spain organized by CRAG, Centre for Research in Agricultural genomics, Excelencia Severo Ochoa, Biocat and Obra Social la Caixa. She was one of the speakers and presented PSI with a speech about Novel phenotypic approaches in quantitative analysis of biotic stress in plants.


Large-scale PSI PlantScreenTM System for Hungurian Academy of Science in Szeged

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system complex to be located at Biological Research Centre (BRC) Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary. The BRC is an outstanding institution of the internationally acknowledged Hungarian biological research. It employs about 260 scientists whose work is hall-marked by highly appreciated international scientific publications and patents. The research topics include several fields of molecular and cell biology from the industrial utilization of bacteria through controlled improvement of cultivated plants to the problems of human health and environmental protection. BRC is mainly a scientific basic research centre, but scientists of BRC play an initiative role in the foundation and promotion of biotechnological companies, as well as in educational duties.

PSI has designed a PlantScreenTM systems tailored to BRC’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in our Fytoscope walk-in growth room optimised for phenotyping applications under precisely controlled environmental conditions, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Imre Vass of Institute of Plant Biology, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The entire phenotyping complex consists of customised PlantScreenTM Compact System, PlantScreenTM Root System that are both inside large growth chamber. The last part is a PlantScreenTM Modular System which will be located in a Greenhouse.

Systems are fully automated and utilize cutting-edge imaging sensors. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Root and Shoot morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence with GFP/YFP imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (VNIR hyperspectral imaging)
  • Stomatal conductance (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM PSI’s PlantscreenTM system is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ engineers, imaging specialists, plant research scientists and experts in optics at PSI.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for first half of next year.


Photo credit: Biological Research Centre (BRC) ´s website


PSI PlantScreenTM System for Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system to be located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA. Currently celebrating 75 years since its foundation, ORNL is a world leader in numerous research fields, including biology, energy and materials science.

In conjunction with its North American partner, Qubit Systems Inc., PSI has custom-designed a PlantScreenTM system tailored to ORNL’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in a greenhouse/headhouse facility optimised for phenotyping applications, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Gerald Tuskan of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The PlantScreenTM consists of an automated conveyor capable of transporting thousands of plants between a cultivation area in the greenhouse and PSI’s suite of cutting-edge imaging devices. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Plant morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status
  • (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (hyperspectral imaging)
  • Relative water content and water distribution (NIR imaging)
  • Stomatal movement (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ plant research scientists, imaging specialists, electronics technologists and software engineers at PSI and Qubit Phenomics.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for June 2019.


Photo credit: Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy



Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

That`s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for Photon Systems Instruments. Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

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IPAP 2018
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We are very proud to invite you to the THIRD INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between August 26th and 29th 2018.
The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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2016


IPAP 2016

We are very proud to invite you to the SECOND INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between September 4th and 7th. The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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