The iCORE Center for Functional Phenotyping of Whole-Plant Responses to Environmental Changes

This new greenhouse is specially designed to allow researchers to screen hundreds of plants simultaneously under a variety of controlled treatment conditions (ex., different amounts of water, nutrients and chemicals), while continually measuring several physiological characteristics for each individual plant.

The center provides researchers with a platform (Plantarry 3.0 system http://www.plant-ditech.com/products) they can use to stimulate different treatment scenarios, for example, any level and duration of drought and/or salinity stresses, different nutrient concentrations, bio-stimulants and more. The unique irrigation system controls each plant’s exposure to inputs and can be used to create a range of degrees of severity of stress conditions for different periods during the plant life cycle, from germination through flowering and fruit setting.

The system allows simultaneous soil–plant–atmosphere measurements of all of the plants in the array in an easy-to-use, non-destructive and non-invasive manner, allowing for the genuine comparison of different plants and treatments.

System Output:

  1. Daily Biomass Gain
  2. Daily Water Loss
  3. Water-Use Efficiency
  4. Transpiration Rate
  5. Stomatal Conductance
  6. Root Water Flux
  7. Relative Water Content and
  8. Individual Stress Index (DRI).

The above physiological traits are taken for the whole plant
(for more details see: http://www.plant-ditech.com/)

Administration Manager: Anat Gazit Booton
Tel: 972-8-948-9251, Fax: 972-8-948-9899, E-mail: anatg@savion.huji.ac.il

Institute Director: Prof. Shahal Abbo,
Tel: 972-8-948-9443, Fax: 972-8-948-9899, E-mail: shahal.abbo@mail.huji.ac.il