Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille
Photosynthesis, respiration and evapotranspiration can be continuously measured during plant cultures.
Thanks to the high airtightness of the culture chambers and the fine regulation of various environnemental parameters, net photosynthesis, respiration and evapotranspiration are continuoudly measured.
A new generation of culture chambers (IMAPLANT) has been recently designed by integrating new technologies. Lighting is supplied by 500 LEDs. A robot equipped with 3 different cameras can move automatically (x, y and z axis) to take pictures at regular time intervals of each of the 81 pots.
3 types of imaging can be performed: visible, thermal (to study evapotranspiration for example) and chlorophyll fluorescence. Using this multiple imaging, individual monitoring of plant growth can be realized (phenotyping).
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