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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

DroughtSpotter Hire (Adelaide)


  • Pricing and availability - please contact us by e-mail or on +61 8 8313 1137.
  • Procedure for growing non-GM plants at The Plant Accelerator Form

The Plant Accelerator is a cutting edge plant phenotyping facility located at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus. The facility offers modern plant growth environments and state-of-the-art high-throughput automated imaging and computing technologies to monitor the performance of plants under different environmental conditions (e.g. which genotype performs best under drought stress).

In July 2015, we expanded our existing phenotyping capabilities by installing a new DroughtSpotter system.

DroughtSpotter is a gravimetric platform with precision irrigation to assess transpiration dynamics of plants with a precision of up to 1g. The integrated irrigation units allow precise and reproducible water application for drought stress or related experiments that require an accurate control of water volume to 1ml. The individual pot weight can be up to 10 kg.

The platform is installed in an existing greenhouse and comprised of 168 load cells for which watering protocols or drought scenarios can be easily customised. The designed irrigation events maintain the target weight of each individual plant pot according to the researchers’ experimental protocol and provide plant transpiration rates at high temporal resolution calculated by the loss of weight.