Automated handling and phenotyping of individual seeds
The phenoSeeder is an IBG-2 inhouse technology development to measure plant
traits at all developmental stages and reveal correlations between seed traits and plant performance.
Sensor development and optimization to better understand crop performance
Increasing resource use efficiency is promoting various desirable goals (e.g. less use of fertilizers). Thus, spatially distributed and demand-driven application of water, nutrients and pesticides by using sensor technologies borne on different carrying platforms contributes to a more sustainable plant production.
Valorization of horticultural plant residuals for the extraction of secondary metabolites
Plant secondary metabolites are essential components of the human diet, utilised as phytomedicines, as industrial raw materials and high-value fine chemicals.
IBG-2: Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH develops integrated bioeconomy concepts for the intensification and sustainability of plant production. The objective is (i) to improve yield, (ii) adapt the quality to various uses (food, feed, raw materials, bioenergy), (iii) reduce the production footprint, and (iv) adjust processes to the future climate and production conditions.
IBG-2 has a globally leading position in plant phenotyping based on its excellent knowledge in dynamic plant-environment interaction above- and belowground combined with technology development, engineering and bioinformatics. The scientific focus of the highly interdisciplinary endeavour is to identify shoot and root traits that improve yield, biomass quality and resource efficiency. The technology focus is to develop and implement methods and infrastructures for deep, high-throughput and field phenotyping and combine them with state-of-the-art bioinformatics.
Integration of plant sciences in bioeconomy value networks is an additional element of IBG-2 with its research in alternative biomass, cell wall and secondary metabolite biochemistry, targeted to feedstock optimisation for conversion and sustainable carbon and nutrient use in integrated biorefinery processes.