Do robots dream of phenotyping plants?
Companies and labs are creating automated platforms to collect data
As sensors become smaller and imaging equipment becomes more sensitive, more companies and labs are developing and implementing automated platforms to collect data. Below is a list of platforms that are currently being sold or developed.
TerraSentia, developed by EarthSense, is an ultra-compact, autonomous robot with multiple sensors and embedded data collection and analytics software for phenotyping.
TerraSentia website: https://www.earthsense.co/home...
News article about TerraSentia: https://www.agprofessional.com...
LemnaTec provides high throughput plant imaging for the repeated measurements of phenotypes in the lab, the greenhouse or the field.
LemnaTec website: http://www.lemnatec.com/
Video of LemnaTec machines at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
WIWAM is a group of phenotyping robots that allow for the imaging and irrigation of plants in a chamber or in a greenhouse, developed by SMO and VIB.
WIWAM website: https://www.wiwam.be
Example of WIWAM for maize: https://www.plant-phenotyping.org/WIWAM_maize
Website explaining the setup of an IGIS system: https://www.psb.ugent.be/infra...
Research paper describing the IGIS system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25041085
There are also many other platforms being developed by labs and other research groups: