Press release

International Plant Phenotyping Network visits Wageningen UR

Published on
May 6, 2015

The International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) paid a visit to Wageningen UR. The IPPN coordinator Ulrich Schurr of Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany spoke with a large group of scientists of Wageningen UR to explore opportunities for further collaboration. The IPPN will formally be launched November 2015, and Wageningen UR is one of the participating institutes.

Plant Phenotyping

The genotype of an organism is the inherited instructions it carries within its genetic code. A phenotype is the composite of an organism's observable characteristics, such as its morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties. In short: Genotype + environment = Phenotype. Plant phenotyping helps to identify gene-functions and their relationship to environmental cues and provide insight in the environmental factors affect plant structure and function. This will enable researchers to quantify plant performance in all kind of applications.

Phenomics research within Wageningen UR

Within Wageningen UR 15 different research groups collaborate on aspects of plant phenotyping, in total more than 200 researchers are working on phenomics related projects ( The IPPN provides an unique network that creates new innovative approaches on aspects like measuring and understanding/predicting quality deterioration of vegetable and fruit products for different varieties. Rick van de Zedde, one of the leading researchers of Wageningen UR on phenomics, tells: ‘The knowledge and experience of Wageningen UR in this field are really valuable. Such a high concentration of researchers devoted to plant phenomics throughout the value chain is unique and through sharing our expertise a wide range of opportunities for research and industry emerge’. Already exchange of capacities and knowledge is enhanced in networks as the European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN).  Ulrich Schurr; ‘I see a lot of potential for collaboration that will benefit all parties, so let’s work on that’. As this programme is in its finale stage new collaboration networks like IPPN are needed to enhance international exchange of knowledge.