Month: November 2015

2015 APPF Postgraduate Internship Award Winners

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility wishes to congratulate PhD students Rohan Riley (Western Sydney University) and Sijesh Natarajan (Sugar Research Australia/University of Queensland) on receiving APPF Postgraduate Internship Awards!

The $12,000 awards will cover Rohan and Sijesh’s project fees and will contribute towards their accommodation and travel costs.

As part of his PhD project at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University, Rohan will work with the team at The Plant Accelerator® in Adelaide using high-throughput phenotyping to  investigate the growth phenotypes of the model cereal Brachypodim distachyon under salt stress and the interaction with mycorrhiza.

Sijesh, a PhD student at the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, will use climate controlled growth rooms and imaging technologies at the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC) in Canberra to investigate the effect of vapour pressure deficit on transpiration efficiency of sugarcane genotypes in a drying soil.

Congratulations, Rohan and Sijesh. We look forward to working with you!

Introducing Zegami

Today, we are delighted to introduce our exciting new web application Zegami, which can be found at or by following the link on the APPF website.

Zegami allows users to filter, sort and chart data from experiments undertaken at The Plant Accelerator with the unique feature of being able to group that data with the corresponding images.

To get a real feel for the application, we highly recommend you watch the video below.

Currently there are just a few publicly available datasets on Zegami but more experiments run at The Plant Accelerator are being uploaded and processed every month. You will be able to see announcements on this blog.

Zegami is designed to help us share our data with all researchers.

If you are a customer of The Plant Accelerator, you can gain access to your experiment on Zegami prior to a public release by contacting us. You will then be able to log into Zegami and see your ‘private’ collections alongside the public ones.

Authentication is managed through the Australian Access Federation, so you will log in using the credentials from your home institution. Alternatively, visitor accounts are available through The University of Adelaide’s Virtual Home Organisation.

If you have any comments or queries, please send them through to our Data Architect & Software Engineer, George Sainsbury.