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Accessing the APPF

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) supports excellence in research and offers access to state-of-the-art plant phenotyping technology and plant growth environments to national and international publicly-funded researchers and industry users.

Our multi-disciplinary team provides expert consultation in plant phenomics and is dedicated to assisting you in the design and management of your experiment. We encourage facility users to discuss their requirements and project design with us prior to submitting an application form in order to optimise your proposal and research outcome. Our streamlined application process involves the submission of a booking sheet / request for service form, assessment of the project proposal, preparation of a quote and the completion of a facility access agreement.

Head to our Contact page to get in touch with our scientific team to discuss your project.

Head to the Technology page to find a technology expert or make a booking.

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility is passionate about supporting the next generation of plant scientists, and is enthusiastic about highly motivated and research focussed postgraduate students joining its team as an interns.

In order to attract the very best students, we provide postgraduate internships as one of our grant offerings.

Do you need support to access APPF services and technology?

A number of programs are offered to support access to our plant phenotyping capabilities

The APPF is committed to facilitating world-class plant phenomics research. We offer a number of programs to support access to our state-of-the-art plant phenotyping technology and growth environments, enabling scientists from varied disciplines to access the very best tools and experience to accelerate their research.

Travel grants

Our travel grants provide funds towards travel and accommodation to support researchers wishing to access APPF capabilities in Adelaide or Canberra. Travel grants may also be used to visit us to undertake training in the use of field phenotyping equipment for off-site use. Travel grants are not limited to Australian researchers, however, a universal cap applies.

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PIEPS scheme

The Phenomics Infrastructure for Excellence in Plant Science scheme (PIEPS) provides access to our plant phenotyping capabilities at a reduced cost to facilitate exceptional research projects of significant scale and vision which will produce high impact outcomes. Emphasis is placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches with preference given to collaborative projects on an international scale.

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The Postgraduate Internship Awards (PIA) involve students joining the APPF team as interns, learning about experimental design, and image and data analysis, as they undertake collaborative projects using our cutting-edge plant phenotyping technology. This is an excellent opportunity for students to investigate their plant science questions with the support of the highly skilled APPF team.

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Acknowledging the APPF

It is important to the future of the APPF to have an accurate measure of use

The services and expertise available to researchers through the APPF are subsidised by NCRIS as part of the national strategy to make research infrastructure accessible and affordable. Acknowledgements are evidence that investments in equipment and people have led to important outcomes, which in turn builds the case for future investments.

Please use the following wording to acknowledge support from the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, or use of its capabilities:

“……… acknowledges the use of the facilities, and scientific and technical assistance of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, which is supported by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).”

What do researchers say about their experience at the APPF?

“The experience the APPF team offer while conducting these experiments will add a great deal to the impact of to the papers we are preparing and reveal a new layer of complexity that would not be possible without their expertise.”

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

“The staff at the APPF Adelaide is an exceptional group of individuals.

Our group at the University of Nebraska has been collaborating with the researchers at this APPF node in an effort to examine the genetic basis of dynamic salinity responses in rice. Throughout this collaboration, the APPF 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 APPF staff 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 APPF Adelaide 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.”

University of Nebraska, USA, Prof. Harkamal Walia & Malachy Campbell

“The APPF Adelaide 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.”

Barley Breeding Program, University of Adelaide, Dr Timothy March

“The APPF team at CSIRO, Canberra 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.”

University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Dr Caitlyn Byrt

“Thanks to Dr Bettina Berger and her great team at APPF Adelaide, 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 the APPF 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 APPF staff, the true indicator of a facility dedicated to providing a service to researchers.”

Australian National University, Canberra, Prof. Jill Gready

“The phenotyping facility at the APPF 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.”

Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, Dr Mamoru Okoamoto

“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 APPF. The facility’s state-of-the-art plant growth environments in Adelaide 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 APPF are essential to our research programs.”

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, Prof. Geoff Fincher