Australian Plant Phenomics Facility
The APPF relieves the 'phenotyping bottleneck' which has, until now, limited our ability to capitalise on substantial government and industry investments already made in plant functional genomics and modern breeding technologies.
The APPF will be a national facility, available to all Australian plant scientists, offering access to infrastructure that is not available at this scale or breadth in the public sectors anywhere else in the world. The APPF will be based around automated image analysis of the phenotypic characteristics of extensive germplasm collections and large breeding, mapping and mutant populations. It will exploit recent advances in robotics, imaging and computing to enable sensitive, high throughput analyses to be made of plant growth and function. New technologies will be developed to ensure that the APPF remains at the international forefront of plant science. Research networks and established pathways to market will ensure outcomes are delivered for the long-term benefit for Australian scientists and primary producers.
The APPF has two nodes, The Plant Accelerator involving the research institutions at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide and The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre involving CSIRO Plant Industry and the Australian National University in Canberra.
For more information please visit the APPF website.
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