Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network – APPN

“Enhancing the Austrian Plant Phenotyping Community!”

The APPN initiative aims to unite the Austrian plant phenotyping community in order to facilitate research collaborations, development of plant phenotyping infrastructure and methodologies, staff training, staff exchange and networking activities. In its role as Support-Group member representing the Austrian Phenotyping community, the APPN actively supports the EU ESFRI-EMPHASIS project.

The APPN was established in 2017 at the Vienna BioCenter by representatives of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), the University of Vienna, the University of Innsbruck and Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF) representing the plant research groups and institutes at the Vienna BioCenter (GMI and MPL).

One of the first fruits of the APPN initiative is the FFG PHENOPlant Project which aimed to design and build Austria’s first and only automated, multi-sensor and multi-approach, high-throughput plant phenotyping infrastructure #PHENOPlant.


APPN board

(chronological order according to APPN membership)

Jakub Jez, Head, Plant Sciences Facility, Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF)
Ethan Stewart, Staff Scientist Phenotyping, VBCF
VBCF representing the Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) & Max Perutz Labs Vienna (MPL)
Stefanie Wienkoop, Univ.-Prof., Dept. of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, University of Vienna
Markus Teige, Dr., Dept. of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, University of Vienna
Ilse Kranner, Univ.-Prof., Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck
Thomas Roach, Ass. Prof., Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck
Pablo Rischkbeck, Univ. Ass., Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Gernot Bodner, Priv.-Doz., Division of Agronomy (BOKU), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Claudia Jonak, Doz. Dr., Center for Health & Bioresources, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Dominik Grosskinsky, Dr., Center for Health & Bioresources, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Tomas Werner, Univ.-Prof., Division of Plant Sciences, University of Graz
Samuel Winkler, DI, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur, Head, Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA)
Norman Warthmann, Molecular Geneticist, Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA)

Carlos Trujillo-Moya, Dr., Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW)
Muhammad Ahmad, Dr., Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW)






APPN partner

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APPN leaflet