Month: September 2015

Open House at The Plant Accelerator

IMG_0958As part of the Festival of Architecture and Design 2015, The Plant Accelerator will be opening its doors for the general public on Sunday, 11 October 2015 for guided tours by our expert staff. Info and tour times

Tours through this state of the art national research facility will give visitors an insight into the infrastructure required to monitor plant growth and performance, and the use of conveyor and camera systems in modern plant science.

Our team looks forward to showcasing this great facility.

Phenomics Infrastructure for Excellence in Plant Science (PIEPS)

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility is committed to facilitating cutting edge research in plant phenomics. We have introduced the Phenomics Infrastructure for Excellence in Plant Science scheme to provide improved access to APPF platforms to interdisciplinary collaborators undertaking innovative projects of significant scale and vision.

The Phenomics Infrastructure for Excellence in Plant Science scheme involves access to APPF phenotyping capabilities at reduced cost to facilitate exceptional research projects of significant scale and vision that produce high impact outcomes using plant phenomics approaches (i.e. delivering substantial outcomes for Australian agriculture and resulting in high impact journal publications).

Emphasis is placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches with preference given to collaborative projects on an international scale. The APPF team will work in partnership with you to provide consultation on experimental design for optimal use of the equipment. Further information

Pilot Project Invitation – New DroughtSpotter Platform

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility invites expressions of interest from Australian plant scientists wishing to undertake pilot projects using the new DroughtSpotter system in Adelaide.

DroughtSpotter is a gravimetric platform with precision irrigation to assess transpiration dynamics of plants with a precision of up to 1g. The integrated irrigation units allow precise and reproducible water application for drought stress or related experiments that require an accurate control of water volume to 1ml. The individual pot weight can be up to 10 kg.

The platform is installed in an existing greenhouse and comprised of 168 load cells for which watering protocols or drought scenarios can be easily customised. The designed irrigation events maintain the target weight of each individual plant pot according to the researchers’ experimental protocol and provide plant transpiration rates at high temporal resolution calculated by the loss of weight.

Expressions of interest close 30 November 2015Further information

APPF Travel Grants

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility is committed to providing easy access to state-of-the-art automated phenotyping capabilities in controlled environments and in the field. We have established a travel fund ($50,000 in total) to support interstate researchers wishing to use APPF infrastructure.

Whilst the APPF is able to undertake phenomics projects on your behalf (full service delivery model), we are committed to working with you at our facility to provide support and advice on experimental design, and on image and data analysis in plant phenomics (‘research-hotel’ model).

APPF travel grants provide funds towards travel and accommodation supporting Australian researchers’ access to APPF capabilities in Adelaide or Canberra. Travel grants may also be used to visit an APPF node to undertake training in the use of field phenotyping equipment for off-site use.

There are two rounds for travel grant applications in 2015/16:

  • Round 1: Applications close 31 May
  • Round 2: Applications close 30 November