PlantScreenTM Systems - Complete Solutions for Automated Phenotyping
Background

Development and manufacture of high-end instrumentation for research in biological sciences – about us

PSI (Photon Systems Instruments) is a high-tech company located close to the industrial city of Brno in the south of Czech Republic. For more than 20 years PSI has been specializing in the design and manufacture of sophisticated, high-end instrumentation for research in biological sciences. The company is a world expert in manufacturing instrumentation for advanced imaging and non-imaging of optical signals in plants and algae, particularly in the field of chlorophyll fluorescence/reflectance techniques. The instrumentation developed over passed years is used for monitoring of wide range of physiologically relevant signals on the level of individual cells up to macroscopic level referring to few metres high crop plants.

Currently the main product lines are: (1) devices for chlorophyll fluorescence measuring and advanced imaging; (2) high-tech photobioreactors and other algal cultivators; (3) intelligent growth chambers; (4) customized PlantScreenTM Phenotyping Systems and (5) wide range of hand-held instrumentation. In the past few years extensive focus was set on further development and optimization of the complete phenotyping solutions - PlantScreenTM TM Systems, which are designed for automated plant phenotyping of plants ranging from Arabidopsis to crop plants.

Our production and technologies are environmentally friendly. We offer high quality and reliability of our products as well as good post-purchase support. We have a world-wide system of experienced distributors that provide direct contact and technical support to customers all over the world.

As the first company to offer a chlorophyll fluorescence imaging system, PSI is at the forefront of digital image acquisition and processing. The team of professionals comprises numerous plant scientists, engineers with extensive expertise in optics, electronics, software development and automatisation. In PSI we work together to provide the community innovative, ever-broadening range of high-quality scientific instruments to realize the goals of your research.

Our Vision

In PSI we specialize in manufacturing and development of innovative, scientific instrumentation for research and industry in plant and algal/bacterial biology field. We offer devices for laboratory, greenhouse and field research in plant and algal physiology areas with focus on phenotyping, cultivation and monitoring. Our expertise lies in chlorophyll fluorescence detection and imaging, LED light illumination, cultivation and monitoring. Our portfolio includes both small hand-held devices and large high-throughput systems customized to user’s specific requirements.

Our facility is located in Drásov, a little town not far from Brno, second largest city in the Czech Republic. Czech Republic is a country in the heart of Europe known by its friendly and skilled people. Some of the products originated here are well known around the world: Pilsner beer, soft contact lenses, lightning rod, sugar cubes, ship screw propeller as well as the polarographic method, blood group system and Mendelian inheritance. We are proud to be followers of this great tradition of Czech inventions and offering to our customers a high quality and innovative instruments.

Since the beginning we work in close interaction with range of national and international academical institutions, we actively participate in innovative projects and also international training programs. We believe that continuous investment into research and development is the key to provide our customers high-end instrumentations that can meet the specific requirements.

Our goal is to consult with you your project to ensure that our technology and proposed solutions are configured to meet your needs precisely. The team of our R&D professionals with expertise in biology, optics, electronics and software development can help to shape your specific project to meet precisely your requirements.

In PSI we like to work together to provide the community innovative, ever-broadening range of high-quality scientific instruments. Our vision is to realize the goals of your research by close interaction with our customers.

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Partners

Our Partners

Over last ten years, the PSI company has established a global network of reliable distributors located close to our customers. They provide on-site consultations and serve as partners for sale, service, training, and support.

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Projects

Since the beginning we work in PSI in close interaction with range of national and international academical institutions and we actively participate in range of innovative projects.

PSI participates in a number of national and international projects supported by the Czech government, other European and international governments, and European Economic Space (EES) Organization. Since several years we are also involved in international training programs such as ITN Marier-Curie Actions.

We believe that continuous investment into research and development is the key to provide our customers high-end instrumentations that can meet the specific requirements.

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PSI Research Center

Recently lecturing and laboratory-teaching facilities were opened in a new building equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for plant and algae cultivation and monitoring based on small-scale to large-scale analysis of physiological parameters, such as growth and photosynthetic performance. Key research infrastructure includes modern analytical, molecular and microbiology laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art fluorescence imaging and microscopy devices, bioreactors, modern LED based plant growth facilities and high-throughput automated PlantScreenTM phenotyping facility.

PSI Research Center provides service platform with professional support to scientific community for plant cultivation and image-based monitoring in controlled environment and in greenhouse.

Our vision is to provide biological and technical support to our customers and facilitate proof of concept validations of the projects prior realization.

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