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