Month: May 2014

From start to finish – Visiting PhD student learns about high-throughput phenotyping

Stephanie Saade is a PhD student in the research group of Professor Mark Tester at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her PhD project investigates the genetic basis of traits related to salinity tolerance. To achieve this, she needs to undertake several large scale phenotyping experiments.

Stephanie is currently visiting The Plant Accelerator, the Adelaide node of the APPF, for a 10-week period to work with The Plant Accelerator team on her phenotyping experiments and to learn about all steps involved, from planting to harvest, from image analysis to growth modelling.

“The team at The Plant Accelerator is very professional and friendly at the same time. I am receiving lots of help and support with my experiments. All this is making my stay in Australia beneficial and enjoyable”, says Stephanie.Stephanie Saade from KAUST at The Plant Accelerator

ComBio2014 – APPF Satellite Workshop

The APPF’s High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre in Canberra will host a breakfast tour of its facilities (ANU and CSIRO) and discussion of current and future capacities.

Date: Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Time: 8.00 am pick-up at the Convention Centre
Drop off: 10.30 am at the Convention Centre

Please register for Convention Centre pick-up and return by sending an email to Louise O’Brien.

Speakers: Bob Furbank, Justin Borevitz, Tim Brown, Tony Agostino
Infrastructure:  Cropatron, TrayScan, CabScan, PlantScan, Spectral Pheno Climatron.
Software Demo:  3D mesh reconstruction, TraitCapture

High-Throughput Phenotyping to Detect Drought Tolerance QTL in Wild Barley Introgression Lines

Drought is one of the most severe stresses, endangering crop yields worldwide. In order to select drought tolerant genotypes, access to exotic germplasm and efficient phenotyping protocols are needed.

Figure 4In this study, researchers from the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany used the high-throughput phenotyping platform of The Plant Accelerator, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, in Adelaide to screen a set of 47 juvenile (six week old) wild barley introgression lines (S42ILs) for drought stress responses.


Honsdorf N, March TJ, Berger B, Tester M, Pillen K (2014) High-Throughput Phenotyping to Detect Drought Tolerance QTL in Wild Barley Introgression Lines. PLoS ONE 9(5): e97047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097047.


Public Community visits Plant Accelerator

Well over one hundred members of the public visited the APPF as The Plant Accelerator opened its doors on Sunday, 4 May 2014 as participant of Open House Adelaide.

Now in its third year, the Open House Adelaide initiative provides the community with a great opportunity to explore historical buildings and state-of-the-art facilities in Adelaide.

The Plant Accelerator team was delighted to present its high-throughput plant phenotyping infrastructure to the wider community and to highlight how the collaborative research undertaken at the APPF contributes to the development of new and improved crops, healthier food and more sustainable agricultural practices.

The level of interest by the general public in the work being carried out at The Plant Accelerator and the appreciation of the facility itself was fantastic to see and we look forward to participating in this increasingly popular community event again in 2015.

A big thank you to Bettina Berger, Alex Egan, Alex Garcia and Trevor Garnett for hosting these special tours on a Sunday!