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We are very proud to invite you to the 3rd Integrated Plant and Algal Meeting (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between August 26th and 29th 2018.

The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

Key feature of the conference will center on the challenges of integrating data from imaging sensors and environmental sensors to predict the responses of plant and algae to changing environments, and how data collected under controlled conditions in the growth room and greenhouse may help to predict the growth patterns of plants in the field. Experimental protocols, image acquisition, environmental sensing and control, data analysis and trait elucidation will be considered in relation to the application of plant phenotyping to the acceleration of breeding programs for agronomically important crops, and the selection of algal strains for high yielding commercial cultures.

Topics covered in the meeting will include

  • Design of next generation plant phenotyping equipment
  • Concept of algae high-throughput phenotyping
  • Standardisation of protocols for comprehensive analysis of meta-data
  • From controlled environment to the field: protocols and projections
  • Integration of genomic and phenomic data analysis
  • Methods for analysis for in situ root imaging
  • Monitoring the onset of abiotic and biotic stresses; progression and recovery
  • 3D reconstruction of tissues, organs, plants and plant canopies

Conference delegates will be given the opportunity to visit the new plant phenotyping center near Brno, designed, built and operated by Photon Systems Instruments (PSI). This state of the art center is located in the beautiful Moravian countryside, and incorporates novel technologies for numerous aspects of lab and field phenotyping. The center will offer complete phenotyping services, as well as allow visiting scientists to conduct proof-of-concept experiments. The PSI facility also houses a research centre for the study of algal physiology and biotechnology, with numerous large and small scale photobioreactors of various designs.

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