Second Annual NPPN Workshop: Advances in Plant Field Phenotyping – New Tools in Plant Breeding

The Nordic Plant Phenotyping Network (NPPN) are holding their second annual workshop on 23-24 November 2016 in Båstad, Sweden.

The programme features international speakers, focusing on new opportunities within phenotyping, plant breeding and technology in precision agriculture. For more information, including how to register, visit

UKPPN travel bursaries for UK PhD students & Early Career Researchers

Travel bursaries of up to £500 are available to support UK PhD students & Early Career Researchers attending a plant-phenomics-related conference or workshop this summer. An example would be the Integrative Omics session at SEB Brighton 2016 organised by Prof Tony Pridmore (University of Nottingham) & Prof David Salt (University of Aberdeen).

To apply, please complete this application form, and email it to The closing date for applications is 9 May 2016.



Request for support for microphenotyping platform

Brian Forde at Lancaster University recently circulated the following – please contact him directly:

Dear Colleagues

We have recently developed a novel technique that allows detailed phenotyping of whole Arabidopsis seedlings in a 96-well microtitre plate format (see The system provides a means of studying the plant response (particularly the root response) to a large number of small molecules and has applications in chemical genetics or as a sensitive bioassays for phytoactive compounds.

We are now applying to the BBSRC for funding to develop an automated high-throughput version of this microphenotyping platform. Once developed, the system could be a resource for the Arabidopsis community – or other groups could set it up in their own labs relatively inexpensively.

If you think you might be interested in applying this technology to your own research, or would first like more information, please email me (

The more support from the Arabidopsis community we can demonstrate for this project the more likely it will be to get funded, so your help would be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Best regards