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The official opening of the NPEC facilities will co-incede with the beginning of the 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium:

Celebrate the NPEC opening together with us on the pre-conference day, on Monday September 26th !!!


NPEC facilities

Our NPEC facilities offer high-throughput and high-resolution data from plants both above and below ground. Automatic phenotyping will allow for a dramatic increase in the speed of plant breeding, allowing for a very short time to market for novel crop varieties.


With the NPEC facilities we make accurate, high-throughput studies of plant performance possible in relation to relevant biotic (microbiome interactions, competition, disease) and abiotic (light quantity and quality, nutrients, temperature, moisture, soil pH and atmospheric CO2 level) factors across a range of scales.


NPEC is a joint initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University. This integrated, national research facility is housed by Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University and is co-funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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NPEC Greenhouse

The five greenhouse compartments are fully automated and contain conveyor systems, gantries and watering systems. Furthermore, the compartments contain a suit of different cameras and sensors to measure and analyse a myriad of different plant characteristics with fully integrated interaction between all these different systems. The provided software will be very flexible; allowing for easy integration with software for data management, the climate control system and the data acquisition.

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NPEC Buildling

It has five growth chambers, three of ca. 20 m2 and two of ca. 15 m2. Each growth chamber accommodates between 300 and 2200 plants that can be phenotyped using a range of state-of-the-art technologies. This provides the capacity to record parameters describing plant status, growth and performance under a large range of environmental conditions, that can be homogeneously controlled. All this will enable researchers with the best possible tools to measure the genetic component of phenotypic variation in plants.

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Inside NPEC Greenhouse

NPEC Greenhouse