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The Plant Accelerator
Helli Meinecke
Managing Director
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8313 0808
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 0828


High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre
Geoff Buckmaster
Business Operations Coordinator
CSIRO Agriculture and Food
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6218 3430
Facsimile: +61 2 6246 4975

Alyssa Weirman
Operations Co-Ordinator
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6125 8319


Professor Harkamal Walia and Malachy Campbell, University of Nebraska, USA
The staff at The Plant Accelerator is an exceptional group of individuals. Our group at the University of Nebraska has been collaborating with the researchers at The Plant Accelerator (TPA) in an effort to examine the genetic basis of dynamic salinity responses in rice. Throughout this collaboration, TPA staff has provided an extremely welcoming and engaging environment for a visiting graduate student from our lab. As with any new “omics” technology, the breadth and complexity of the data can be daunting. However, the staff at TPA provided substantial support regarding image analysis and the interpretation of image-derived metrics. These efforts have come to fruition with the publication of a manuscript in 2015. The staff at TPA is a collection of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are extremely professional and motivated. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Dr Timothy March, Postdoctoral Fellow, Barley Breeding Program, University of Adelaide
The Plant Accelerator Team has delivered a world-class service to our research projects over the past five years, providing an integrated service from quarantine importation of plants, high-throughput phenomics, data analysis and reporting. Through their expertise in plant phenomics we have been able to access state-of-the-art technology to advance our research resulting in new funding, international partnerships, and publications. 

Professor Jill Gready, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Thanks to Dr Bettina Berger and her great team at The Plant Accelerator (TPA) we recently obtained the independent-testing data required by our funders to progress our project on yield improvement in crops to the next level. Although our plant species was new for TPA's Lemnatec high-throughput phenotyping system and we had special requirements, we were quickly able to establish a strong working relationship with TPA to troubleshoot the system and transfer our protocols prior to the large-scale trial. An added touch was the interest shown in our project by the TPA staff, the true indicator of a facility dedicated to providing a service to researchers.

Dr Stuart Roy, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, Adelaide, SA
Researchers in the Salt Group at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics have identified a number of novel quantitative trait loci for salinity tolerance in wheat and barley using the non-destructive imaging technologies available at The Plant Accelerator. The traits identified relate to how the growth rate of the plant responds to salinity stress, which in the past has been difficult to quantify before the advance in imaging technologies.

Dr Mamoru Okoamoto, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, Adelaide, SA
The phenotyping facility at the The Plant Accelerator in Adelaide provided us with valuable data for our wheat growth study. We were able to capture the genetic and treatment effects through the images captured on a daily basis. The post experimental analysis was also flawless thanks to the good technical support.

Professor Geoff Fincher, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, South Australia
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls undertake several scientific projects in collaboration with international partners. In order to meet our research objectives we require easy access to high quality infrastructure. This is delivered by The Plant Accelerator in Adelaide. The facility’s state-of-the-art plant growth environments are second to none and the team’s professional support services are fantastic. We currently grow in excess of 2,000 plants of different varieties at the facility. The capabilities available at the Accelerator are essential to our research programs.

Dr Caitlyn Byrt, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
The HRPPC was excellent to work with and we were able to collect data that we otherwise could not collect as we do not have the resources at our institution.

Dr Theo Pfaff-Lichtenzveig, InterGrain Pty Ltd, Western Australia
Whilst our business was re-locating we were faced with temporary spatial constraints during one of our busiest times. The Plant Accelerator allowed us to speed up the generation of selected InterGrain material enabling us to increase the efficiency of our testing program. We were really pleased with the service and technical support received by The Plant Accelerator team.