Plant Phenotyping Forum: The role of Austria and Eastern Europe in agricultural production

Within this Plant Phenotyping Forum, we will discuss the role of Austria and Eastern Europe in agricultural production, as regions with huge potential and long-term traditions in the agricultural sector. Specifically, breeding and the consideration of environmental effects for continental climatic environments may require new breeding efforts in this region, including new strategies to develop new germplasm in pre-breeding programs and the application of modern breeding technologies, specifically to improve stress resistance to close the yield gap in times of a changing climate.

In this context, the need to characterize the phenotype is essential to understand fundamental processes, which determine the structure and function of plants in particular. While significant progress has been made in molecular methods in recent years and the genomes of several plants have been sequenced this knowledge is not sufficient to simulate the phenotype of a plant without knowing the history and the dynamic interaction of the plant with its environment. Plant phenotyping – quantitative analysis of structure and function of plants – has become the major bottleneck and, quantitative information on genotype-environment relations is the key to address future challenges. Increasing the plant biomass production quantitatively and qualitatively can provide major contributions to grand challenges like food security on a global level, at the same time reducing a major driver for migration movements.

Beyond fostering scientific progress, plant phenotyping requires a community effort. In this context EPPN2020, a EU funded I3 project provides access to key plant phenotyping facilities in Europe while EMPHASIS, a ESFRI listed project aims at the development of a long term sustainable pan European plant phenotyping infrastructure that addresses the needs of the diverse users from academia and industry including the operation and development of a pan-European e-infrastructure to effectively collect, process and provide data for the community.


  • Uli Schurr, Head, IBG-2: Plant Sciences, FZ Jülich & Coordinator ESFRI EMPHASIS project
  • Marian Brestic, Prof., Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, Department of Plant Physiology (SUA)
  • Jakub Jez, Head, VBCF Plant Sciences Facility & coordinator Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network (APPN)
  • Lukas Spichal, Palacky University Olomouc, coordinator of the Czech Plant Phenotyping Network (CZPPN)

Panel discussion, moderation by Uli Schurr

in alphabetical order

  • Pavel Hauptvogel, Director, Research Institute of Plant Production (NPPC, SK)
  • Ivan Ingelbrecht, Head, Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, (IAEA, AT)
  • Hans-Peter Kaul, Head, Department of Crop Sciences (BOKU, AT)
  • Andreas Walter, Operating Director BioImaging Austria (CMI, AT)

Tour of the Plant Sciences Facility, Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF)


Date: September 13, 2018, 1pm

Venue: Vienna BioCenter, IMBA/GMI lecture hall, Dr. Bohr Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna


  13:00 – 13:30          Registration infront of the IMP lecture hall

  13:30 – 14:30          Presentations

  14:30 – 16:00          Panel Discussion

  16:00 – 16:30          Coffee Break

  16:30 – 17:00          VBCF, Plant Sciences Facility Tour


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Looking forward to meeting you at the VBC!

Yours, organising committee

Jakub Jez, Roland Pieruschka, Stefanie Koemeda


Jakub Jez

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities

Head, Plant Sciences Facility

Coordinator APPN

+43 664 8084 77090


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