KeyGene officially opened its expanded digital phenotyping facility, PhenoFab. PhenoFab is a fully automated greenhouse operation in which plant growth can be analyzed, plant traits can be measured and root development characterized. It combines high-throughput digital plant imaging technology with trait interpretation to support breeders in the development of new crop varieties. Digital phenotyping is one of the most crucial aspects of variety development in the plant breeding and crop protection industry.

The new PhenoFab facility has been expanded from 1000 to 1500 pots and in excess of 400 plants/ hour can be analyzed. The facility also offers innovations such as gentle plant movement on highly adaptable cars for maximum flexibility in crop species, pot size and plant treatments; integration of phenotypic data with DNA profiles; and a reporting service that offers interactive client access to all images and data analytics.

The expanded PhenoFab facility is a joint effort between KeyGene and WPS. WPS, that has experience in implementing digital phenotyping systems since 2003, has installed a NextGen phenotyping system which is equipped with the latest technology a vailable in this field. KeyGene has over 6 year of expertise in the field of digital phenotyping and uses its core competencies in biology, computer vision and statistics to maximize output in order to support clients with the development of their crops.

PhenoFab is the only independent phenotyping facility in the world that offers access to multiple and different phenotyping systems. Breeding and crop protection organizations utilize PhenoFab to benefit from the latest innovations in digital phenotyping in order to accelerate their R&D programs.

Arjen van Tunen, CEO KeyGene said, “With this WPS system installed in the PhenoFab, KeyGene has obtained the expansion needed in order to support breeders, researchers and companies with their work on future crops. The development of newly improved crops is boosted by this state-of-the-art technology.”

Bas van Eerdt, Manager Business Development WPS added, “With KeyGene’s strong reputation as a leading Digital Phenotyping Technology and Trait Provider, WPS is very proud that KeyGene recognizes the WPS Digital Phenotyping system as a key ingredient to bring its expertise to the next level.”