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Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture

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Wageningen UR

Droevendaalsesteeg 1 6708 PB Wageningen

Dr. ing. G. Polder

0031 (0)317-480751

Hotel Description

Wageningen UR Phenomics Innovation and Demonstration Centre

High throughput phenotyping facilities are rapidly becoming essential for significant advancements in plant breeding. The necessary integration of image analysis, pattern recognition, plant physiology including crop growth models, quantitative and molecular genetics, automation and robotics poses several scientific challenges. Wageningen UR combines all of these expertise’s and is involved in several international phenotyping initiatives like EU projects (EU-SPICY), EU-COST actions (FA1306: ‘The quest for tolerant varieties: Phenotyping at plant and cellular level’) and phenotyping networks (EPPN, IPPN).

The expertise of all groups at Wageningen UR comes together in the Phenomics innovation and demonstration centre, which is the organization’s entry point to facilities and tools for large scale field and greenhouse phenotyping.

These enabling technologies include 2D and 3D plant reconstruction modules, hyperspectral cameras, X-ray tomography for root analysis, chlorophyll fluorescence setups and other novel sensors plus vision-guided robotics to automate manual labor, as well as recently developed software for modeling growth and yield in 3D, which facilitates predictions of plant performance based on the measured phenotypic features.

At the Wageningen University and Research Centre several research projects are currently exploring the potential of these technologies spanning the full spectrum from long-term academic research to industrial applications.

  • Agri & Food
  • Biodiversity & ecology
  • Biomedical & health
  • Industrial biotech
  • Digital plant phenotyping, over different scales ranging from microscopic to plant level to field level (satellite imaging)
  • Digital plant phenotyping
  • Advanced sensor systems to measure and characterise plants
  • Plant variety testing
  • Plant breeding
  • Disease monitoring

Expertise and Track Record

43500985058 Vegetation phenotyping by Spectral imaging as a tool for detecting clandestine graves with M.C. Aalders (Amsterdam UMC – locatie AMC). 43500984158 Automated and non-destructive assessment of tomato quality on the plant with G.W. Kootstra (Wageningen University). 4350098214 Unlocking the wealth of variation in leaves from B. oleraces vegatables by high-throughput phenotyping with dr.ir. A.B. Bonnema (WUR). 4350098227 Developing machine vision algorithms for detection of thrips damage on ornamentals with dr. G.J. Messelink (WUR).

Large scale phenotyping, bringing the camera to the plant in stead of bringing the plant to the camera. Systems for greenhouse and field measurements. Hyperspectral imaging setup ranging from 400-1700 nm.


Genomics and data mining.

Metabolomics meets functional assays: coupling LC-MS and microfluidic cell-based receptor-ligand analyses Henquet, M.G.L. ; Roelse, M. ; Vos, R.C.H. de; Schipper, A. ; Polder, G. ; Ruijter, N.C.A. de; Hall, R.D. ; Jongsma, M.A. (2016)
Metabolomics 12 .
  • Leaf segmentation in plant phenotyping : a collation study Scharr, Hanno ; Minervini, Massimo ; French, Andrew P. ; Klukas, Christian ; Kramer, David M. ; Liu, Xiaoming ; Luengo, Imanol ; Pape, Jean Michel ; Polder, Gerrit ; Vukadinovic, Danijela ; Yin, Xi ; Tsaftaris, Sotirios A. (2016) Machine Vision Applications 27 (4). - p. 585 - 606.
  • An ImageJ based measurement setup for automated phenotyping of plants Kokorian, J. , Polder, G. , Keurentjes, J.J.B. , Vreugdenhil, D. , Olortegui Guzman, M.C. (2010) In: Proceedings of the ImageJ User and Developer Conference, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 27-29 October 2010. - Luxembourg : Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor, 2010 - ISBN 9782919941117 - p. 178 - 182. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-333938353633)
  • Combining stereo and time-of-flight images with application to automatic plant phenotyping Song, Y. , Glasbey, C.A. , Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der , Polder, G. , Dieleman, J.A. (2011) In: 17th Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis, SCIA 2011, Ystad, Sweden, 23 - 27 May, 2011. - Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6688 (2011). - ISSN 0302-9743 - p. 467 – 478. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-343038353135)
  • SPICY: Large scale phenotyping of tall pepper plants in the greenhouse Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der , Song, Yu , Polder, G. , Horgan, G. , Dieleman, A. , Glasbey, C. (2011) In: roceedings of the 2nd International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, 05-07 Sept. 2011, Jülich, Germany.  (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-343130363236)
  • An ImageJ plugin for plant variety testing Polder, G. , Blokker, G. , Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der (2012) In: Proceedings of the ImageJ User and Developer Conference 2012, 24-26 October 2012, Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. - : Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor, 2012 - p. 168 - 173. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-343239373437)
  • SPICY: towards automated phenotyping of large pepper plants in the greenhouse Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der , Song, Y. , Horgan, G. , Polder, G. , Dieleman, J.A. , Bink, M.C.A.M. , Palloix, A. , Eeuwijk, F.A. van , Glasbey, C. (2012) Functional Plant Biology 39 (2012)11. - ISSN 1445-4408 - p. 870 - 877. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-343236383438)
  • Correcting and matching time sequence images of plant leaves using Penalized Likelihood Warping and Robust Point Matching Polder, G. , Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der , Jalink, H. , Snel, J.F.H. (2007) Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 55 (2007)1. - ISSN 0168-1699 - p. 1 - 15. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-333537333739)
  • Measuring surface distribution of carotenes and chlorophyll in ripening tomatoes using imaging spectrometry Polder, G. , Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der , Voet, H. van der , Young, I.T. (2004) Postharvest Biology and Technology 34 (2004)2. - ISSN 0925-5214 - p. 117 - 129. (http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Publications.htm?publicationId=publication-way-333333373237)
  • Screening for Plant Features Heijden, G.W.A.M. van der; Polder, G. (2015) In: Phenomics in crop plants : trends, options and limitations / Kumar, J., Pratap, A, Springer, - p. 76 - 87.

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Hotel Characteristics

  • 6 Postdocs on Machine Vision and Robotics
  • 2 Technicians
  • 1 Lab manager
  • 1 IT-specialist


  • Hyperspectral cameras (VNIR/NIR)
  • Multispectral cameras
  • 3D cameras, Lightfield, ToF, stereo.
  • IR and Thermal Camera systems.
  • Robot systems