Plant Phenotyping/Physiology

Multi-trait plant phenotyping – watching plants grow.

High-throughput, multi-trait plant phenotyping underpins BioConsortia’s R&D platform, is a crucial feature of the AMS process, and remains the key predictor of field performance. Recognizing this, BioConsortia’s greenhouse and growth-rooms are equipped with sophisticated multi-spectral imaging systems for plant phenotyping.

BioConsortia’s suite of advanced image-based phenotyping tools ensures the best microbes producing the most robust plant phenotypes progress to field testing for yield relevance.

Crop yield is defined by a myriad of plant phenotype, environmental and developmental interactions. Microbes have the potential to be influential across all of these interactions. Understanding those interactions remains a central challenge for the crop improvement industry.

BioConsortia’s approach to this challenge uses advanced phenotyping technologies deployed across growth room, greenhouse and field trials. Image-based phenotyping, using proprietary infrastructure and software solutions, is used to understand microbial effects on both above and below ground plant growth.

Within our greenhouse facility, the Dual-Scan Plant Eye 500 3D laser scanner, with multispectral capabilities, phenotypes up to 1000 plants a week for productivity, structural and health-related phenotypes. Drones equipped with RGB and multispectral cameras are also used in the field to confirm improved plant performance.

Measurements of gas exchange and chlorophyll a fluorescence provide information on leaf-level photosynthetic processes and water use.

Linking this all together is a custom data processing pipeline and database supporting a comprehensive understanding of microbe performance to inform lead development.

BioConsortia’s Multi-Trait Screening platform is used to develop microbial consortia with diverse modes of action able to meet the challenges of crop production in an ever-changing environment.

Recognition of this need underlies BioConsortia’s, Multi-Trait Screening platform. The MTS platform recognizes water, nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiencies as key constraints on final yield and tractable targets for improvement by microbes. Microbes that enter the MTS platform are evaluated across multiple crops and soils for improved performance when nitrogen and phosphorous are limiting growth as well as when nutrition is optimally supplied. Assessments of water use complement these evaluations to provide a multi-trait understanding of microbial action – key metrics for prediction of field performance. This understanding informs the development of microbial consortia equipped to meet the challenges of crop production in an ever-changing environment.