WIWAM @ Biostimulant World Congres

Meet us at the Biostimulant World Congres, which will be held on November 18-21 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The Biostimulant World meeting is the world’s leading and largest international event on agricultural biostimulants. Please, visit us our booth at stand A1 at the garden level . Have a look at the conference website for more information:

https://lifesciences.knect365.com/4th-biostimulants-world-congress/

WIWAM @ IPPS2019

WIWAM @ IPPS2019

Meet us at the 6th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS2019), which will be held from 22-26 October, 2019 in Nanjing, China.

IPPS2019 will address the recent development in plant phenotyping and provide a platform for discussion and exchange, focusing on technology, data, and impact.

Together with Biopute, the official WIWAM dealer in China, we will host a booth at the conference. Come and visit us!

https://www.plant-phenotyping.org/

WIWAM @ ICAR2019

Meet us at the 30 th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR2019), which will be held on June 16-21, 2019 in Wuhan, China. ICAR conference covers all aspects of plant biology on Arabidopsis as well as other plant species, generally attracting about 800 scientists worldwide to present and discuss their new discoveries. Biopute, the official WIWAM dealer in China, will present our phenotyping solutions for Arabidosis and other plants species. You are welcome at Booth 20 for detailed information.

http://icar2019.arabidopsisresearch.org/

Scientific publication in Nature Biotech including WIWAM xy

Although drought tolerance is a central concern of plant research, the translatability for crop improvement is relatively low. Here we report on a major contributing factor to this lack of success. Drought tolerance is predominately scored based on an improved survival rate under lethal conditions that, as demonstrated…

Skirycz A, Vandenbroucke K, Clauw P, Maleux K, De Meyer B, Dhondt S, et al. (2011) Survival and growth of Arabidopsis plants given limited water are not equal. Nature Biotech. 29(3):212–214.

Optimization of the WIWAM xy design and installation @ VIB

At this stage the initial WIWAM xy prototype was largely improved. The hardware programming was optimized and extended with the addition of an RFID scanner, the combination of the weighing and watering station in a single rotating table, and the integration of environmental sensors (light, temperature, and humidity). A completely new graphical user interface was build and the software was backed up by a dedicated database structure. A mature and user-friendly WIWAM platform was born.

WIWAM line design and final installation @ VIB

WIWAM line comprises a pot positioning table, consisting of several individual lines, an underlying portal robot, and one or more stations for imaging or weighing/watering activities. The complete system was implemented in an existing growth room, and was designed to optimally fit the available space.

Plants are grown in individual pots, which are picked up by the robotic arm at preset time intervals, bringing them to the imaging and weighing-watering stations. The robot pushes the lines of the table aside to create the required space in between for the robotic arm to locate a pot and lift it out of the table.

Images are acquired from different angles by an RGB side view camera, but an imaging station can accommodate a range of camera systems for non-invasive image acquisition. A combined weighing/watering station has been integrated on the robotic arm. Here, plants rotate while watering for an optimal water distribution in the pot. Irrigation precision is very high and goes up to +/- 1 mL. This allows for accurate soil humidity levels throughout the whole experiment.

Collaboration agreement between SMO and VIB

The WIWAM machines are the result of intensive collaboration between machine builder SMO and the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). By signing a collaboration agreement both parties join forces in order to make the plant phenotyping technology available for the scientific community.

SPECIM: a reliable partner for hyperspectral imaging

Hyperspectral imaging is today’s technology to reveal the invisible, to generate an in depth understanding of phenomena and objects studied. The technology is used increasingly in many research areas, such as life sciences, vegetation research, forensics, food analysis, and mineral research. In each application area the hyperspectral scanner is used to to identify, measure and map the biological, chemical and physical properties of the objects depicted. Specim technology provides extreme reliability and performance. Measurements can be accurately performed hundreds of times faster than with the competing technologies.

In the early 1990’s, thanks to more than 10 years of intensive scientific research done by the VTT Technical Research Centre, the SPECIM Founders designed the first professional hyperspectral spectrographs and imagers. These first commercially available spectrographs were developed in close collaboration with NASA to meet the requirements of the most advanced applications in remote sensing. To this day, in order to reach the high-ends of precision, durability and functionality, SPECIM has been in the forefront with new technological solutions applied to hyperspectral imaging.

SPECIM is WIWAM’s preferred partner for the integration of hyperspectral imaging systems in plant phenotying platforms.

Biopute: an official WIWAM dealer in China

WIWAM joined forces with Biopute to make the phenotyping platforms available in China. Biopute will provide professional marketing and technical support for the WIWAM products. Furthermore, they will install an after-sales service to make local maintenance support possible. Biopute was founded in 2007 by a group of doctors and masters graduates of China Agricultural University. The company is mainly engaged in products in the field of plant physiology and plant performance, and analytical instruments for soil , water, and environmental analyses.

Official opening WIWAM Conveyor setup @ VIB

The finalization of the WIWAM Conveyor setup @ VIB was celebrated with an official opening event on October 3rd 2014 in the presence of about 60 people mainly representing politics, universities, and plant biotech companies. The event started with an inspiring talk by Prof. Dirk Inzé entitled “Seeing is believing”, followed by a presentation showcasing the phenotyping platform and the incorporated camera setups by Dr. Nathalie Wuyts. Next, the invitees got the opportunity to visit the WIWAM Conveyor in the greenhouse and to further discuss and reflect during a reception. The official opening also attracted the presence of Belgian television (see movies below (Dutch only)).