2019


New root phenotyping platform!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new root phenotyping platform, with the first unit installed at the Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary.
This addition to PSI’s line of PlantscreenTM Phenotyping Systems allows automated imaging and non-invasive analysis of roots and shoots of plants grown in soil-filled rhizotrons. The rhizotrons are moved robotically through imaging and watering and weighing stations, and are transported by a conveyor system to and from a growth area with precisely controlled environmental conditions.

The root/shoot screening system incorporates several unique features, including:

  • Compatibility with standard PSI trays used with PlantScreenTM[sup/] systems.
  • Adjustable rhizotron angle for optimal cultivation of plants of different species.
  • Stainless steel shading for light insulation of roots, removed electromagnetically only during imaging.
  • Novel watering system to produce defined stable or variable soil moisture conditions during the experiment.
  • Variable soil thickness adjusted according to requirements.




PSI Growth Capsules in The New York Times!

Check the article about the research of our friend and collaborator Dr. Robert Furbank (the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, The Australian National University), dealing with possible ways how to contribute to resolving impending food crisis. And our Growth Capsules are used for this research!
PSI Growth Capsule is a unique solution converting a standard shipping container to scientific-grade growth chamber that can be transported and place anywhere around the world.

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Instalation of customized growth chamber with integrated RGB imaging system

The second growth chamber – Step-in Fytoscope FS-SI 4600 – is now installed and fully operational at the Faculty of Horticulture of Mendel University in Lednice. The growth chamber has integrated RGB imaging system for automatic temporal analysis of plant growth as well as evaluation of morphological features and discoloration. As for the environmental parameters, maximum light intensity of LED illumination is 1500 umol.m[sup]-2.s-1 and temperature can be set in the range from -2 to 40°C.

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Plant Science Conference Botanikertagung 2019 in Rostock

This week our colleague Klára Panzarová attends the International Plant Science Conference Botanikertagung 2019 in Rostock, Germany! Come and meet her at our booth to learn more about our products and to see what is new in the field of plant phenotyping.
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25 years strong and we are just getting started!

September 12th is the date when PSI celebrates its 25th anniversary! Over the years we have worked on thousands of projects all over the world, conducting research, designing/developing and manufacturing professional instruments for plant science, biotechnology, and agriculture!


The quality of our work, dedication of our staff and customer focus is the reason PSI is considered the world leader in our respective fields of interest.

We would like to thank all of our customers, partners and employees for the memorable last 25 years. We look forward to seeing where the next 25 years will take us!

From the PSI team to the world, thank you for being part of the journey!




Opening of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Tech (CEAT)

We were delighted to be at the grand opening of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Tech (CEAT), The Australian National University.The director of our Australian operations Scientific Instruments Australia, Dr. Edhem Custovic and Dr. Mojmír Šerý from the Institute of Scientific Instrument, Czech Academy of Sciences were present, demonstrating the innovations and R & D work of our companies.

They showcased our work to numerous guests, including Nobel Prize Winner & ANU VC Professor Brian Schmidt, the ACT Government Chief Minister Andrew Barr and special guests from CSIRO, government, CBRIN, industry and the innovation ecosystem. Also present were representatives of the Vietnam Academy of Science & Technology.

Note: Our other Australian office is located at the Agri-Bio research facility, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.




7thEuropean Phycological Congress in Zagreb

This week our ladies are attending the 7th European Phycological Congress, 25-30 August 2019, Zagreb. Come and see them at PSI booth!
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Workshop on “Practical aspects and in-sight view into automated plant phenotyping tools”.

Group of master students studying Plant Sciences, Plant Biotechnology or Organic Agriculture from Waheningen University and their PI´s visited PSI Research Center in frame of the BUITEX Project. One of the activities organize within BUITEX are multiple day excursions abroad providing the students good view in the opportunities and companies in a foreign country different than the Netherlands.

The foreign excursion has the purpose to make students more familiar with foreign companies within the discipline of Plant Sciences and gaining more insights in career perspectives. PSI is, as world leading company providing automated phenotyping technology, the first company the students visit during their 2-week stay in Czech Republic.

Half a day workshop focused on introduction into current state of art in plant phenotyping technologies, overview of image-based sensors used in plant phenomics and overview of practical applications in abiotic stress research. Theoretical part was combined with practical demonstration and visit of two plant phenotyping platforms installed in PSI Research center.





We are proud to establish the presence of Scientific Instruments Australia

Martin Trtilek, CEO & Founder of Photon Systems Instrument and Dr. Edhem Custovic have successfully commissioned new advanced plant growth & analysis technology "Growth Capsules" at Australia's top ranked institution, The Australian National University. We are proud to establish the presence of Scientific Instruments Australia (SIA) in the Australian capital city. SIA is an innovative company that designs, develops & manufactures instrumentation & software for plant science, biotechnology and agriculture. This follows on from the establishment of our facility at La Trobe University. By the end of 2019, we will also establish a consultancy in Bosnia & Herzegovina that will collaborate closely with all of these entities and allow young people to learn from the world's best!




PSI CEO Martin Trtilek in Brisbane on Translational Photosynthesis Conference

PSI CEO Martin Trtilek, Director of our Australian operations Scientific Instruments Australia,
Dr. Edhem Custovic and Dr. Mojmír Šerý from the Institute of Scientific Instrument, Czech Academy of Sciences are in Brisbane, Australia attending the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis Conference on the theme "Innovations in Agriculture for Food Security". They are showcasing the innovative technology which we design, develop and deploy globally. Scientists can rest assured that we are providing the best technology solutions on the market. We combine world-class engineering, computer science with comprehensive understanding of the latest scientific trends and discoveries.

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PSI attended the Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Interation Conference 2019

We attended the Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Internation Conference 2019 last week.
The meeting was a part of a series of conferences organized by Eucarpia (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding) and was held by Palacký University Olomouc. The conference aimed to facilitate communication and discussion related to all aspects of leafy vegetable quality, from genetic resources to breeding, production, and postharvest handling.


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Photon Systems Instruments win major phenotyping contract with McGill University

PSI is pleased to announce that we have been selected to provide a range of plant phenotyping equipment to prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada. We will install a conveyor-based PlantScreenTM System in the downtown campus with imaging stations for morphometric, hyperspectral and chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics analysis. A customized field phenotyping system is being designed for the Macdonald campus, comprising cameras for RGB, fluorescence, thermal, hyperspectral and multispectral imaging built onto a high-clearance tractor. Together with our upcoming large scale phenotyping installation at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee, the McGill systems provide a North American showcase for PSI’s expertise in the rapidly developing field of plant phenomics.



2018



PSI finished the installation of PlantScreenTM Modular phenotyping system in München

PSI team is happy to announce that we have successfully finished the installation of PlantScreenTM Modular high-throughput phenotyping system at the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP), Helmholtz Zentrum München. BIOP explores natural defense mechanisms, growth and the efficient use of resources in response to environmental stimuli, focusing predominantly on molecular mechanisms allowing response and adaptation to biotic as well as abiotic stress.

Phenotyping system comprises growth buffer with the capacity of 980plants, adaptation tunnel, PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging, RGB imaging and precise watering and weighting station. System is equipped with customized LED light bars manufactured by PSI, enabling to provide irradiance up to 1000 µmol.m-2.s-1 with separate control of white, blue, red and far red channels.




Read article about Martin Trtilek as a pioneer in the field of photosynthetic research

"Martin Trtílek has succeeded in establishing a company with global prestige in Drásov near Brno.PSI has been developing and manufacturing instruments for plant research for more than 20 years. Now its owner also wants to focus on devices with broader appeal."
(Hospodarske noviny).

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PSI has developed the PlantScreenTM System based on specific requirements set by WUR.

"Shared Research Facilities (SRF) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has recently purchased a new mobile device suitable to automatically phenotype plants. The company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) from the Czech Republic has developed the Robin PSI PlantScreenTM system based on specific requirements set by WUR. It has been installed at WUR’s location Unifarm, and it is the first device that has arrived as part of the new Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC)."

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When development meets stress, Barcelona

Last week our colleague Klára Panzarová was attending B·Debate called When development meets stress: Understanding developmental reprogramming upon pathogenesis in plants in Barcelona, Spain organized by CRAG, Centre for Research in Agricultural genomics, Excelencia Severo Ochoa, Biocat and Obra Social la Caixa. She was one of the speakers and presented PSI with a speech about Novel phenotypic approaches in quantitative analysis of biotic stress in plants.



Large-scale PSI PlantScreenTM System for Hungurian Academy of Science in Szeged

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system complex to be located at Biological Research Centre (BRC) Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary. The BRC is an outstanding institution of the internationally acknowledged Hungarian biological research. It employs about 260 scientists whose work is hall-marked by highly appreciated international scientific publications and patents. The research topics include several fields of molecular and cell biology from the industrial utilization of bacteria through controlled improvement of cultivated plants to the problems of human health and environmental protection. BRC is mainly a scientific basic research centre, but scientists of BRC play an initiative role in the foundation and promotion of biotechnological companies, as well as in educational duties.

PSI has designed a PlantScreenTM systems tailored to BRC’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in our Fytoscope walk-in growth room optimised for phenotyping applications under precisely controlled environmental conditions, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Imre Vass of Institute of Plant Biology, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The entire phenotyping complex consists of customised PlantScreenTM Compact System, PlantScreenTM Root System that are both inside large growth chamber. The last part is a PlantScreenTM Modular System which will be located in a Greenhouse.

Systems are fully automated and utilize cutting-edge imaging sensors. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Root and Shoot morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence with GFP/YFP imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (VNIR hyperspectral imaging)
  • Stomatal conductance (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM PSI’s PlantscreenTM system is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ engineers, imaging specialists, plant research scientists and experts in optics at PSI.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for first half of next year.


Photo credit: Biological Research Centre (BRC) ´s website



PSI PlantScreenTM System for Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

PSI is proud to announce that we have been selected to supply a large-scale plant phenotyping system to be located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA. Currently celebrating 75 years since its foundation, ORNL is a world leader in numerous research fields, including biology, energy and materials science.

In conjunction with its North American partner, Qubit Systems Inc., PSI has custom-designed a PlantScreenTM system tailored to ORNL’s specific research goals. The PlantScreenTM will be located in a greenhouse/headhouse facility optimised for phenotyping applications, and will be used by multiple research teams, including one under the directorship of Dr. Gerald Tuskan of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, to screen various species for growth characteristics, photosynthetic activity, biochemical status and resistance to stresses.

The PlantScreenTM consists of an automated conveyor capable of transporting thousands of plants between a cultivation area in the greenhouse and PSI’s suite of cutting-edge imaging devices. These include imaging stations for quantifying:

  • Plant morphology and biomass accumulation (high-resolution RGB cameras, 3D laser scanning)
  • Photosynthetic performance, stress tolerance and physiological status
  • (PAM kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging)
  • Biochemical composition and concentration of pigments and metabolites (hyperspectral imaging)
  • Relative water content and water distribution (NIR imaging)
  • Stomatal movement (high-resolution thermal imaging)

PSI’s PlantscreenTM is the culmination of decades of development in sensor technology, robotics, automation and software engineering conducted by the team of 100+ plant research scientists, imaging specialists, electronics technologists and software engineers at PSI and Qubit Phenomics.
Installation and commissioning of the PlantScreenTM are planned for June 2019.


Photo credit: Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy



Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

That`s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for Photon Systems Instruments. Photon Systems Instruments together with NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration are looking for new customers throughout the universe!

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IPAP 2018
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We are very proud to invite you to the THIRD INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS 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.

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2016


IPAP 2016

We are very proud to invite you to the SECOND INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between September 4th and 7th. 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.

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NEW VNIR Hyperspectral Camera

PSI developped and introduced to market a new VNIR hyperspectral camera with unique spectral resolution of 0.8 nm. Hyperspectral imaging has been used for many years to study patterns of plant growth from satellite imaging. This technology has been refined in PSI’s PlantScreenTM Phenotyping Systems to provide 3-dimensional hyperspectral data sets of plants on a pixel by pixel basis in spectral range from 400 to 2500 nm.

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NEW PSI Research Center is OPEN!

By end of June 2016 PSI Research Center facility for automated high throughput phenotyping of small up to mid-size scale plants was launched. PlantScreenTM Compact System accommodates 320 plants that can be monitored during development for photosynthetic performance via kinetic chlorophyll fluorescence imaging sensors, for stomata behavior via thermal imaging camera and for morphological features and growth dynamics with three side RGB imaging system. The platform is installed inside of cultivation chamber with precisely controlled environmental conditions and will be used as service platform with professional support to scientific community for plant cultivation and image-based monitoring in controlled environment.


Installation of PlantScreenTM Modular System for phenotyping of 350 plants up to 1.5 in height in Rice Research Institute at Kasetsart University In Bangkok

Recently we installed the PlantScreenTM Modular phenotyping system at Kasetsart University in Thailand. The system consist of chlorophyll fluorescence measuring unit, side view thermal imaging unit, VNIR hyperspectral imaging unit, automatic watering and weighing station and growing buffers for 350 plants with height up to 1.2 meters.


Installation of PlantScreenTM Compact System at Tel-Aviv University in Israel

First installation of this year was done at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. The PlantScreenTM Compact System for high-throughput plant phenotyping contains FluorCam imaging unit for chlorophyll fluorescence acquisition and GFP measurement, RGB morphometric imaging unit from 3 different sides, NIR imaging unit for plant water status investigation, automatic watering and weighing station and adaptation chamber for accommodating of 240 plants.


2015


NEW PSI Research Center was founded!

In summer, PSI Research Center was founded and during the coming 12 months will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for plant and algae cultivation and monitoring. PSI Research Center provides service platform with professional support to scientific community for plant cultivation and image-based monitoring in controlled environment and in greenhouses.


1st IPAP 2015

First Integrated Plant and Algal Phenomics Meeting (IPAP) was organized in Prague and Drasov in June 2015.

See photo archive from 2015 Meeting here


PlantScreenTM Modular and Compact Systems installations in Finland

Both systems for high-throughput plant phenotyping were installed at University of Helsinki, Finland. PlantScreenTM Modular System integrates chlorophyll fluorescence imaging unit FluorCam, RGB morphometric imaging unit, automatic watering and weighing unit and growing buffers for 270 plants with height up to 1.2 meters. PlantScreen™ Compact System consist of FluorCam imaging unit, RGB morphometric imaging units from 3 different sides, thermal imaging unit and automatic weighing and watering station. PlantScreenTM Compact System is placed in the FytoScope growing chamber with controlled environment.

NEW PlantScreenTM Modular System

PSI presented a new line of Phenotyping systems – PlantScreenTM Modular System, which integrates robotic solution for high-precision digital plant phenotyping and plant cultivation of mid-scale size up to large plants (e.g., corn, wheat) in greenhouses or semi-controlled environment.

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NEW FluorCam CCD camera

New generation of highly sensitive chlorophyll fluorescence CCD camera was introduced.

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PlantScreenTM Modular System installed in Aberystwyth

PlantScreenTM Modular System for small and mid-sized plants was installed at Aberystwyth University in United Kingdom. In the system are built in chlorophyll fluorescence imaging unit FluorCam, RGB morphometric imaging unit from two sides and automatic watering and weighing station. Installation is placed in the glasshouse, where the part of the system are also growing buffers for 2000 plants, which are automatically delivered to the imaging units.