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.
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.