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The Plant Accelerator
Helli Meinecke
Managing Director
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8313 0808
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 0828


High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre
Geoff Buckmaster
Business Operations Coordinator
CSIRO Agriculture and Food
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6218 3430
Facsimile: +61 2 6246 4975

Alyssa Weirman
Operations Co-Ordinator
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6125 8319



Accelerating plant phenomics

The high-throughput imaging systems of The Plant Accelerator (LemnaTec Scanalyzer 3D) provide new possibilities for the quantitative and non-destructive analysis of crops and model plants.

Each plant is imaged sequentially in multiple camera units with a range of different wavelengths that reach far beyond human vision. The result is an unprecedented number of reproducible data points on any aspects of plant development.

The combined data 'snapshot' for each imaging run consists of thirteen images and up to several hundred data points per plant. Plants can be imaged in multiple runs throughout their lifecycle, providing data for unparalleled monitoring of plant development.


Scientific Applications

Applications of The Plant Accelerator include:

  • Forward genetic studies using large numbers of plants
  • Screening of mapping, association and mutant populations or populations of wild relatives of crops
  • Alteration of plant growth and function to enhance components contributing to yield potential
  • Detailed characterisation through time of particular lines of interest
  • Improving drought and salinity tolerance of crops
  • Increasing tolerance to mineral nutrient deficiencies and toxicities
  • Developing resistance to biotic stresses such as fungal diseases
  • Evaluating responses to chemical treatments or different soil types

See our Publications page of examples of plant phenomics research carried out at The Plant Accelerator, including journal papers, case studies, reports on pilot projects, and presentations delivered by our scientists.