Very recently LANDLAB has fine-tuned the acquisition of a high throughput technology for the plants phenotyping.
The system has its core in the “PlantEye F500” a Multispectral 3D laser (working both in NIR and RGB) developed and produced by PHENOSPEX -Holland-, which has the ability to accurately assess crops in any environment, scan the plants within the glass-house (up to 2.000 plant) even if treated with different products, build their digital biomass, measure the height and the leaf angle, as well as the ability to get the NDVI and several other parameters (e.g. phytotoxicity), with the desired frequency, real time, and independently from the sun light.
The PlantEye F500 will be installed in a new glass-house at the Landlab’s headquarters and will be carried by a special 2 axis gantry, developed and tailor-made by SINTHEC AUTOMATION (Italia), with and endless freedom of movement above the plants in the glass-house.
With the PlantEye, also the “FieldScale” – Phenospex- will be installed: a gravimetric platform which aims to assess the plants WUE (Water Use Efficiency) “in vivo”, in pots.
The whole system will be installed and start operating during spring 2018.
With this large investment Landlab will therefore be the first Research Centre in Italy using this technology and one of the first private in Europe as well. It will substantially increase the research capacity and dramatically improve the plants phenotyping in terms of accuracy and quantity: an essential step forward (ahead) in the area of the applied science for the development of consistent plants bio-stimulants and plants protection products.