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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

Field Cropatron

For the Field Cropatron, a control centre is contained within a metal building based at Ginninderra Field station (figure 3), adjacent to the Cropatron growth environments. The Field Cropatron module contains 2 polytunnels (in total, 1500m2 of enclosed growth space).

Crops are planted directly into plots of soil within the polytunnels enabling plots to be worked by tractor consistent with standard field trial agronomy and monitored using existing HRPPC field module equipment including a new imaging arch and monitoring systems which provide high temporal resolution mapping of crop responses to the environment within the Cropatron.

A variety of levels of environmental control and monitoring are provided, including temperature, light intensity, soil water availability via precision irrigation for drought experiments and a capability for CO2 control for climate change experiments.

Field of rice plants