Phenomics, MetaPhenomics, and the many ways plants acclimate growth to light intensity



Dr. Hendrik Poorter (Forschungszentrum Juelich; IBG-2)

Date:  May 15th  2020 / Time: 14:00   (Berlin Time) /  7.00 AM (CDT)

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In this webinar I will first talk about ways we can generalize the response of plants to their abiotic environment. Dose-response curves are a great vehicle for this. I will then show how to combine this with meta-analytical procedures. As an example I will show a meta-analysis of how plants acclimate to different light environments, for a large number of traits ranging from sub-cellular characteristics to growth-related traits to reproductive output. I will show how we integrated this into a knowledge sheet, and end with some food-for-thought questions about phenomics in general.

Poorter et al. (2019) New Phytol. 223: 1073

Poorter et al. (2014) Plant Cell Environ. 36: 1673



Hendrik Poorter was born in the Netherlands in 1957. He began his study of Biology at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and finished eight years later with a Masters in Plant Physiology and Ecology. His first job was to investigate to what extent there was variation within C3 plants in their response to elevated CO2. In 1986 Hendrik started his PhD at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands), in the group of Hans Lambers, to investigate why inherently fast‐growing species were growing faster than slow‐growing species. He spent his post‐doctorate time with John Evans at the Australian National University in Canberra to learn more about photosynthesis–nitrogen relationships. Hendrik returned to Utrecht University to become a lecturer in ecophysiology and spent many years studying plant physiology, morphology, anatomy, chemical composition and genetics of fast‐ and slow‐growing species. Ten years ago Hendrik moved to the Research Centre Jülich (Germany), where he focussed on the acclimatory responses of plants to their environment ( He also holds a fractional position at Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia).