Press coverage about LemnaTec

Besuch von Oberbürgermeister Marcel Philipp bei der Firma LemnaTec GmbH

Am 6. Dezember 2017 besuchte Aachens OB Marcel Philipp gemeinsam mit Fachbereichsleiter Dieter M. Begaß vom Fachbereich Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Europa die Firma LemnaTec im Gewerbegebiet Oberforstbach.

Thema des Besuchs war die digitale Phänotypisierung als Teil der Digitalisierung im Bereich Pflanzenforschung, Züchtung, Präzisionslandwirtschaft, sowie Umwelt- und Agrarwissenschaften. LemnaTec ist Spezialist für die digitale Vermessung von Phänotypen, d.h. dem äußeren Erscheinungsbild von der Pflanzen. Hierbei werden insbesondere Größe, Form und Farbe als Merkmale für Wachstum, Produktivität und Qualität der untersuchten Pflanzen vermessen. Durch Anwendung berührungsfreier Sensorik und Automatisierungstechnik können die Pflanzen zerstörungsfrei analysiert werden. Die Vermessungen laufen also ab, ohne dass die Pflanzen beeinflusst oder sogar abgeerntet werden, so dass einzelne Pflanzen immer wieder untersucht werden können und dadurch ihr Entwicklungsverlauf erfasst wird.

Die Kameras und Sensoren erfassen dabei nicht nur den sichtbaren Teil des Spektrums, sondern messen weit darüber hinaus, was für die Vermessung physiologischer Eigenschaften wichtig ist. Insbesondere durch Messung von Eigenschaften, die für uns Menschen nicht sichtbar sind, können Informationen über den Gesundheitszustand oder die Qualität der Pflanzen gewonnen werden.

Die Aufzeichnung und Auswertung von spektral aufgelösten Bildern mit hyperspektralen oder multispektralen Kameras ermöglicht es, einen Zusammenhang zur biochemische Zusammensetzung der Pflanzen herzustellen. Dieser spezielle Bildtyp erfasst einzelne Wellenlängen des Lichtes separat und speichert sie als Datenstapel ab. Damit können die Farbeigenschaften der Pflanzen bei den einzelnen Wellenlängen (d.h. im weiteren Sinne Lichtfarben) separat erfasst und dann den pflanzlichen Eigenschaften zugeordnet werden.

Die Messungen liefern wertvolle Informationen für Wissenschaftler, Züchter und Produktentwickler. Die Wachstums- und Qualitätseigenschaften der Pflanzen sind wichtige Indikatoren, wenn zukunftsfähige Pflanzen gezüchtet werden, also solche, die die steigende Weltbevölkerung ernähren können, aber zugleich weniger Wasser und Dünger benötigen und widerstandsfähig gegen Krankheiten sind.

Digitale Phänotypisierungstechnologie ist somit von großem Interesse in der Wissenschaft, der Pflanzenzüchtung, dem Umweltmonitoring, der Entwicklung von Agrarprodukten, sowie der Qualitätskontrolle von Saatgut und Erntegut.

06.12.2017

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Root Measurements - Jülich and LemnaTec

Jülich and LemnaTec to launch systems for digital root analysis on the market

Jülich, 24 November – Roots are essential parts of plants. They ensure the plant’s stability and are vital for the efficient uptake of nutrients and water – key topics for sustainable agriculture. Plant roots play an important role in solving the major challenges facing world food security, such as salinity, drought, storm, and erosion, and they are increasingly becoming a focal point for plant breeding and research. Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich investigate roots to understand their functions and to identify breeding traits and new compounds. Together with LemnaTec GmbH, Forschungszentrum Jülich will further develop this root-analysis technology to make it ready for the market.

Scientists at the Institute for Bio- and Geosciences (IBG-2) use rhizotrons (root measuring boxes) to enable quantitative root measurements in greater numbers, a method referred to as ‘root phenotyping’. Rhizotrons are boxes that can be filled with different types of soil or substrates. They have a transparent window on one side through which growing roots can be observed. A large number of such rhizotrons are moved by automated robotic systems to measuring stations, where they are imaged and measured with sensors. The automation of the system enables high throughput and accuracy.

Scientists and engineers at IBG-2 have developed this accurate and efficient technology to a stage at which it is ready for use in research. To prepare it for the market, IBG-2 is working together with the newly restructured company LemnaTec GmbH, a partner with experience in plant phenotyping technology, its markets, and user community.

Since 1998, LemnaTec has been developing and distributing systems for digital quantification of phenotypic traits of organisms, particularly plants. To do so, LemnaTec deploys digital cameras with corresponding illumination and evaluates the recordings with dedicated software. Until now, the plant shoot has been the focus of the analysis. Cameras for visible light are used in combination with cameras for non-visible wavelengths and fluorescence light, as well as hyperspectral cameras that take images of many closely neighbouring wavelengths in a stacked manner. For the root analysis, high-resolution, visible-light cameras will be used. For both shoot and root analyses, the recorded data will be stored together with corresponding metadata in databases and made available for further examination.

LemnaTec and Forschungszentrum Jülich together aim to deploy a globally innovative technology – the rhizotron systems – as robust tools, and they hope to cooperate with further partners in future.

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Jülich: Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Plant Sciences (IBG-2) - Dr. Andreas Müller - Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

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04.12.2017

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National Crop Phenomics Center Grand Opening at Jeonju, Korea

LemnaTec’s Greenhouse Scanalyzer features at the Grand Opening of the National Crop Phenomics Center, Jeonju, Korea

The National Crop Phenomics Center, located at the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Jeonju, Korea, was officially opened on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

The core unit in the Phenomics Center is a LemnaTec Greenhouse Scanalyzer that comprises 1012 plant carriers on conveyers that move plants to imaging cabinets containing visible, near-infrared, and infrared cameras. The system also comprises weighing and watering units for irrigation control of each pot.

LemnaTec’s Greenhouse Scanalyzer enables non-invasive day-by-day phenotyping of crop plants such as rice or soybean and is a powerful tool for phenotyping research. Plants can be characterized by their phenotypic performance according to their genetic background and imposed environmental factors.

This year, Korea’s crop production has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population. The Food and Agriculture Organization has recommended the promotion of drought-tolerant crops and varieties to increase the resilience of farmers and households to natural disasters and climate change.

The new Crop Phenomics Center plans to investigate Korea’s key crops such as rice and soybean for improved productivity and climate resilience. It will help to develop resource-efficient varieties that deliver adequate phenotypes for improved future agriculture.

During a colloquium associated with the opening ceremony, LemnaTec’s Chief Scientist Dr. Marcus Jansen held a scientific presentation on use cases of Scanalyzers in research and development, followed by a discussion on phenotyping technology and application cases. Dr. Jansen focused on applications for Greenhouse Scanalyzers, but presented case studies and technical developments for laboratory and field phenotyping as well as for seed germination testing and root measurements.

The opening ceremony was attended by Seung Young Ra, administrator of RDA (Rural Development Administration), Geun Yeol Yug, President of Yonam College, Ki Byung Lim, President of the Association of Deans of Agricultural Colleges and Universities and Jin Mo Lee, Director General of the National Institute of Agricultural Science.

14.11.2017

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Walz and LemnaTec address physiological phenotyping

Chlorophyll fluorescence expert Walz GmbH and phenotyping specialist LemnaTec GmbH facilitate physiological measurements in plant phenotyping. By integrating a Walz Imaging PAM camera into the LemnaTec Phenocenter, chlorophyll fluorescence measurements are enabled as part of an automated plant phenotyping procedure. The Phenocenter is a multi-sensor laboratory phenotyping system that automatically measures plants with different camera types. An adapted version of the approved Walz Imaging PAM is one of the possible sensors available for the Phenocenter. Other cameras can be visible light and near-infrared cameras together with laser scanners and static fluorescence imaging. The multi-sensor approach enables comprehensive characterization of different aspects of plant phenotypes with particular focus on physiological data derived from chlorophyll fluorescence.

14.11.2017

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Prime Minister inaugurated IARI Phenomics Center

A LemnaTec Greenhouse Scanalyzer Plant-to-Sensor platform was installed at the Indian Agricultural Research Insitute, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi on 11th October 2017. The Prime Minister was guided through the facilities with the imaging cabinets, conveyers and the weighing/watering units.

The Greenhouse Scanalyzer comprises four growth areas equipped with conveyers. The growth areas are located in separate greenhouse compartments, so that plant groups can be physically separated and eventually subjected to different conditions. In each growth area, 300 plant carriers can be loaded, which is a total capacity of 1200 plants.The Scanalyzer has a broad variety of cameras, including visible light imaging, near-infrared and infrared imaging, chlorophyll fluorescence imaging and hyperspectral imaging. There is a camera that monitors roots growing in transparent pots, too. The Scanalyzer is equipped with weighing and watering units that allow irrigation control of the pots.

12.10.2017

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Seed meets Technology 2017

LemnaTec will launch the new GERMINATION SCANALYZER at Seed Meets Technology 2017 Sep 26-28 2017 in the Netherlands.

The GERMINATION SCANALYZER measures time, percentage, and homogeneity of germination by analyzing images of moistened seeds over time. Taking the emergence of roots from the seed as an indicator, image processing software can determine the status of germination. From this information we can derive timing and percentage of seeds germinated and also assess whether germination is homogenous.

Visit us at Seed Meets Technology 2017 and meet our Sales Director Christoph Podes. Alternatively, you can view the new GERMINATION SCANALYZER on our website.

19.09.2017

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LemnaTec awarded best digital plant phenotyping platform

Global Health and Pharma magazine has announced the winners of the 2016 Biotechnology Awards with phenotyping specialist LemnaTec awarded best digital plant phenotyping platform for its pioneering work in field phenotyping.

LemnaTec’s ‘cool technology’ at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit USA

March 3rd 2016, Aachen, Germany: Global plant phenotyping specialist LemnaTec teamed up with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center last week in Washington, DC, to present the Field Scanalyzer to stakeholders from across the energy and technology sectors including U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and Al Gore.