Month: March 2016

AusPheno Invitation (18-23 Sept 2016)

Join us for AusPheno in Canberra from 18-23 September 2016!

The combined 5th International Controlled Environment Conference and inaugural AusPheno conference will provide a unique opportunity for the Australian and international plant science and controlled environment community to come together over a week of talks and activities.

The Australasian Controlled Environment Working Group, together with controlled environment users groups in North America and the United Kingdom will hold their 5th international meeting attracting scientists, industry professionals and research operations professionals involved in the design, construction and use of controlled environments for plant research. The 2016 meeting will follow on from highly successful meetings previously held at Cambridge University and at Cape Kennedy in Florida.

The inaugural AusPheno 2016 conference is the first national plant phenomics conference to be held in Australia, attracting plant scientists and professionals involved in plant phenomics research nationally and internationally. Plant Phenomics Australia, a network to foster phenomics education and research will be officially launched during conference proceedings.

Information on the program and speakers can be found at

Please share this invitation with any colleagues that may be interested.

We hope you can join us in what will be Australia’s premier phenomics and controlled environment conference for 2016.

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Testing Drought Tolerance of Rice

Rice is the most important crop for global food security and improving its tolerance to abiotic stresses, such as drought, is becoming increasingly important with climate change.

A collaborative project, led by the University of Nebraska, is using the high-throughput imaging capacity at The Plant Accelerator and the high-resolution phenotyping capabilities at HRPPC to study drought tolerance in rice.

At The Plant Accelerator, a diversity panel is being screened for drought tolerance during vegetative growth to identify the underlying genetic basis of growth and water use under water limitation. In addition, the most tolerant and sensitive lines will be studied in detail at the HRPPC to understand the physiological basis for the different responses to drought.

The project brings together experts from quantitative genetics, image analysis, statistics, growth modelling and crop physiology, spanning three different institutions.


Dr Alex Grondin from the University of Nebraska at The Plant Accelerator in Adelaide.