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2018



PSI finished the installation of PlantScreenTM Modular phenotyping system in München

PSI team is happy to announce that we have successfully finished the installation of PlantScreenTM Modular high-throughput phenotyping system at the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP), Helmholtz Zentrum München. BIOP explores natural defense mechanisms, growth and the efficient use of resources in response to environmental stimuli, focusing predominantly on molecular mechanisms allowing response and adaptation to biotic as well as abiotic stress.

Phenotyping system comprises growth buffer with the capacity of 980plants, adaptation tunnel, PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging, RGB imaging and precise watering and weighting station. System is equipped with customized LED light bars manufactured by PSI, enabling to provide irradiance up to 1000 µmol.m-2.s-1 with separate control of white, blue, red and far red channels.



Read article about Martin Trtilek as a pioneer in the field of photosynthetic research
"Martin Trtílek has succeeded in establishing a company with global prestige in Drásov near Brno.PSI has been developing and manufacturing instruments for plant research for more than 20 years. Now its owner also wants to focus on devices with broader appeal."
(Hospodarske noviny).

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B·Debate: When development meets stress, Barcelona

Last week our colleague Klára Panzarová was attending B·Debate called When development meets stress: Understanding developmental reprogramming upon pathogenesis in plants in Barcelona, Spain organized by CRAG, Centre for Research in Agricultural genomics, Excelencia Severo Ochoa, Biocat and Obra Social la Caixa. She was one of the speakers and presented PSI with a speech about Novel phenotypic approaches in quantitative analysis of biotic stress in plants.


2018


Large-scale PSI PlantScreenTM System for Hungurian Academy of Science in Szeged

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system complex to be located at Biological Research Centre (BRC) Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary. The BRC is an outstanding institution of the internationally acknowledged Hungarian biological research. It employs about 260 scientists whose work is hall-marked by highly appreciated international scientific publications and patents. The research topics include several fields of molecular and cell biology from the industrial utilization of bacteria through controlled improvement of cultivated plants to the problems of human health and environmental protection. BRC is mainly a scientific basic research centre, but scientists of BRC play an initiative role in the foundation and promotion of biotechnological companies, as well as in educational duties.

PSI has designed a PlantScreenTM systems tailored to BRC’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in our Fytoscope walk-in growth room optimised for phenotyping applications under precisely controlled environmental conditions, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Imre Vass of Institute of Plant Biology, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The entire phenotyping complex consists of customised PlantScreenTM Compact System, PlantScreenTM Root System that are both inside large growth chamber. The last part is a PlantScreenTM Modular System which will be located in a Greenhouse.

Systems are fully automated and utilize cutting-edge imaging sensors. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Root and Shoot morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence with GFP/YFP imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (VNIR hyperspectral imaging)
  • Stomatal conductance (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM PSI’s PlantscreenTM system is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ engineers, imaging specialists, plant research scientists and experts in optics at PSI.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for first half of next year.


Photo credit: Biological Research Centre (BRC) ´s website


PSI PlantScreenTM System for Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system to be located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA. Currently celebrating 75 years since its foundation, ORNL is a world leader in numerous research fields, including biology, energy and materials science.

In conjunction with its North American partner, Qubit Systems Inc., PSI has custom-designed a PlantScreenTM system tailored to ORNL’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in a greenhouse/headhouse facility optimised for phenotyping applications, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Gerald Tuskan of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The PlantScreenTM consists of an automated conveyor capable of transporting thousands of plants between a cultivation area in the greenhouse and PSI’s suite of cutting-edge imaging devices. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Plant morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status
  • (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (hyperspectral imaging)
  • Relative water content and water distribution (NIR imaging)
  • Stomatal movement (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ plant research scientists, imaging specialists, electronics technologists and software engineers at PSI and Qubit Phenomics.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for June 2019.


Photo credit: Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy



Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

That`s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for Photon Systems Instruments. Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

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IPAP 2018
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We are very proud to invite you to the THIRD INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between August 26th and 29th 2018.
The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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2016


IPAP 2016

We are very proud to invite you to the SECOND INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between September 4th and 7th. The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

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Conferences

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2019


7th European Phycological Congress
Zagreb, Croatia
August 25 - 30, 2019
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4th Biostimulants World Congress
Barcelona, Spain
November 18 - 21, 2019
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APCAB: 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology
Jiangxi, China
September 27 - 30, 2019
Represented via our distributing company Ecotech.
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IX. Congress of the society of Russian plants physiologists
Kazan, Russia
September 18 - 24, 2019
Represented via our distributing company LabInstruments.
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ICAB 2019 : 21th International Conference on Plant Physiology and Pathology
Zurich, Switzerland
September 16 - 17, 2019.
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Botanikertagung 2019
Rostock, Germany
September 15 - 19, 2019
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World Congress on Light and Life
Barcelona, Spain
August 25 -30, 2019.
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Plant Biology 2019
San Jose, SA, USA
August 3 - 7 August, 2019
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Wageningen Summer School
Wageningen, Netherlands
July 8 - 12, 2019
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SEB Florence 2019
Sevilla, Spain
July 2 - 5, 2019
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Translational Photosynthesis Conference 2019
Brisbane, Australia
30 June - 3 July, 2019
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Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability
Sankt Peterburg, Russia
23-28 June, 2019
Represented via our distributing company LabInstruments
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ICAR - The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research
Wuhan, China
16-21 June, 2019
Represented via our distributing company EcoTech.
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3rd APPN meeting
Vienna, Austria
13 June, 2019
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PAG Asia: Plant and Animal Genome Conference
Shenzen, China
6-8 June, 2019
Represented via our distributing company EcoTech.
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14th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress
Turku, Finland
22-24 May, 2019
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TNAM 2019
Zurich, Switzerland
10-12 April, 2019
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2nd International Plant Spectroscopy Conference (IPSC-2019)
Berlin, Germany,
24-28 March, 2019
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Phenome 2019
Tucson, Arizona, Table # 18
6-9 February, 2019
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2018


2nd Meeting of the Czech Plant Phenotyping Network (CzPPN)
Brno, Czech republic
29 November, 2018
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5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium
Adelaide, Australia
2nd - 5th October 2018
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