PlantScreenTM Root System is conveyor-based integrated robotic solution for high-precision simultanous phenotyping of plant roots and shoots. The system is designed to allow for programmable cultivation and analysis of root and shoot architecture in controlled environment with possibility to design precise watering and nutrient delivery schemes.
The transport of plants is carried out on standard PlantScreenTM trays that are adapted to carry light-insulated rhizotron unit. Multi-sensoric digital data are acquired typically from top and side views. Trays with rhizotrons are in user defined intervals transported to the light-insulated imaging cabinet with two high-resolution cameras for root imaging and side view shoot imaging. Homogenous LED illumination light source is used to ensure suitable sample illumination for high-precission object segmentation and feature selection.
Modular watering station with positional irrigation module (top, middle, bottom of the rhizotron) is implemented for precise watering of the plants grown in the rhizotron system. Up to three watering tanks can be implemented. Watering units with user-defined programmable regimes are designed for precise delivery of the given amount of water and/or fertiliser to the plants.
The configuration is optimized for the controlled environment and greenhouse applications and can be customized in terms of throughput and range of integrated digital sensors according to the research needs.
The platform may incorporate various modules for digital analysis of plant growth dynamics and physiological performance and a transportation system for automated delivery of plants to the imaging station and watering station. An external transportation system and/or loading station can be implemented to move plants between a cultivation area and compartment with imaging stations. Combined weighing/watering station is implemented for precise irrigation or nutrient delivery schemes. Unique bar-code or RFID identifiers are used for plant identification.
A comprehensive PlantScreenTM Software package, with remote accessibility, is used to control all aspects of the transportation and imaging modules, as well as for data acquisition, image analysis and data base configuration. The system is modular and designed so that additional features may be added as the user´s screening requirements evolve.
Suite of environmental sensors (humidity, temperature, light intensity, light quality) is available for the PlantScreenTM Phenotyping Systems. The physiological parameters deduced from the measurements acquired by imaging units can be correlated with the environmental parameters acquired from a number of environmental sensors implemented within the phenotyping unit.
All acquired imaging, environmental and watering/weighing data are stored in an SQL database, processed and available for inspection and further analysis in range of seconds after recording via user-friendly graphical interface. PlantScreenTM Analyser provides tools for data browsing, grouping, analysis, user-defined reprocessing and export. Advanced analysis tools including machine learning algorithms and multi-factorial analysis are available as compatible tool box for PlantScreenTM Analyser. Multiple clients can be connected to the database, with different privileges assigned based on a built-in authentication mechanism. An SMS and mail notification service is integral part of the complete phenotyping system. 24-hour online support service is key component of the PlantScreenTM phenotyping solution.
PlantScreenTM Phenotyping Systems designed for integrative phenotyping on temporal and spatial level are proven in a range of applications across the world:
We are proud that in our PSI Research Center we can provide service platform with professional support, where we can demonstrate our equipment and facilitate proof of concept validations of the projects prior realization. PSI Research Center provides service platform 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.