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The European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation
Integrated plant phenotyping infrastructure for the Improvement of plant performance under different climate conditions.
Plants are the basis of all food, feed and renewable bioenergy production and are essential for transfer from a fossil fuel-based economy to a bioeconomy. A major challenge for food production in the coming decades is the difficulty of expanding agricultural land, along with the effect of climate change and the increase in world population are the current societal challenges that make necessary to accelerate research to improve yield-potential and adaptation to stressful environments.
Plant phenotyping offers innovative tools to face these challenges. Plant phenotyping is an emerging discipline that provide the technology to analyze the interaction among plant genotypes, phenotypes and environment which determining the plant performance under different climate conditions.
Improvement of plant performance under changing climates requires the use of different categories of installations in field and platforms, which need to be combined with a coordinated infrastructure for storing. For this purpose, the European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation (EMPHASIS) aims at developing an integrated pan-European infrastructure of instrumented phenotyping facilities available to the user community and able to quantitatively test plant performance under current and future agro-climatic scenarios.
Duration: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020