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German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN)


The goal of the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN) is the establishment of:

 >> new concepts and technologies for phenotyping
 >> phenotyping standards,
 >> productive and efficient infrastructure
 >> robust portfolio of phenotyping approaches

at the partner institutions to support German and international developments in plant sciences.

The applications include the identification of gen-function relations in basic plant science and to support of applied breeding. DPPN fosters the quantitative assessment of structure and function of plants in relation to the environmental conditions.

The relationships between genes, environment, and phenotype of a plant determines plant structure and function and it is essential to address grand challenges related to food and feed, the basic plant resource and materials, the climate as well as the energy challenge.

Integrating approaches across all scales of plant systems from molecular to field applications are necessary to develop sustainable plant production with higher yield using limited resources of land, water and nutrients more efficiently. While significant progress has been made in molecular and genetic tools for plant breeding in recent years, the quantitative analysis of the phenotype has become a major bottleneck. DPPN closes this gap.

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DPPN Verbundtreffen

The 4th general DPPN meeting ("Verbundtreffen") were held from 27th to 28th of September 2016 at IPK in Gatersleben. More than 50 members of all project areas and locations attended....

Verbundtreffen 2016 IPK Gatersleben

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Plant Phenotyping Survey by IPPN

Update of the global survey about the Status of Plant Phenotyping, Dr. R. Pieruschka (July 2016)

The regular annual full presentation of DPPN took place from 14 - 16 of March 2016 at the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar in Potsdam

DPPN presenation in Potsdam March 2016PhD Hendrik Albrecht wins elevator pitch competition at status seminar of BMBF plant programs in Potsdam

The first „DPPN/EURoot Winter School on Root Phenotyping” took place in Jülich from 2nd to 6th of November 2015. More Information here.

Bild 1 WinterSchoolAlle Teilnehmer der WinterSchool 2015 im FZJ / All participants of WinterSchool 2015 at FZJ

Winter School on Root Phenotyping in Jülich 2-6th November
 Winter School 2015 Program (PDF, 238 kB)

22nd to 24th of September 2015
The 3rd DPPN Verbundtreffen took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The meeting was located partly at Forschungszentrum Jülich and partly on the area of Campus Klein-Altendorf, near to Bonn.

Verbundtreffen 2015 Bild 1All leaders of the 3 DPPN sites
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

More pictures of 3rd DPPN Verbundtreffen

Article on new technologies for plant phenotyping in the VDI News (30th of Januay 2015):

"Pflänzchen vom Fließband"

Plant Phenotyping Survey by IPPN
Worldwide (Phenotyping-) Inventory and Needs Assessment, Dr. R. Pieruschka (January 2015)

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As part of CropSense, the exchange with plant breeders was initiated, which extends also in terms of user operation of DPPN. In the Publication of the GFP (Society for the Promotion of
the private German plant breeding eV) the previous activities were summarized.

The contact is perpetuated in the context of DPPN and integrated into the activities of the modules Access and Communication and followed up.

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Grant-Number: 031A053A/B/C



Partners in the DPPN-Network


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Journal of Experimental Botany

Special Issue: Phenotyping in Plants, Vol 66, No 18 2015

This special issue was supported by DPPN


IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques

"Design and Characterization of Microwave Cavity Resonators for Noninvasive Monitoring of Plant Water Distribution"
This special issue was supported by DPPN