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The Institute for Plant Sciences is bringing Purdue researchers a state-of-the-art phenotyping facility to run experiments under controlled environments. Combined with Purdue’s existing capabilities in the field, this facility and its unique research capabilities will propel the University’s existing strengths and leadership in plant phenomics.

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Chris Hoagland
Facility Manager choaglan@purdue.edu

Yang Yang
Director of Digital Phenomics yang1527@purdue.edu

Augusto Souza
Postdoctoral Research Assistant amagalha@purdue.edu


Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility
160 S Russell Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Purdue researchers are studying plants under highly consistent growth conditions that are difficult to replicate in the field. These uniform conditions allow for precise control over experimental variables. In 2016, imaging systems were installed to enable rapid, clear-cut measurements of plant traits such as size and color.

For even better data quality and higher capacity, a new Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility is now open. At approximately 7,300-square-feet, this facility can accommodate two large climate chambers, each containing conveyors and robots to move and care for plants. Growth areas are linked to a series of automated imaging systems that will also be accessible to image plants from any campus greenhouse or growth space.

The Institute for Plant Sciences hosted an open house to showcase the new facility on April 27. The event drew more than 200 faculty, staff and students who enjoyed exploring the facility and learning about its major subsystems, including the Conviron growth chamber, RGB imaging, hyperspectral and multi-recipe fertigation. Photos from the event are included in this end-of-semester gallery.

Unique Research Capabilities

Plant Growth

  • 256 plant capacity
  • Stand-alone room with precise environmental controls
  • Automated conveyors for plant growth and randomization
  • 60,000-square-feet of connected Lilly greenhouse growth space

Precision Irrigation

  • Fully automated and precise weight-based water dosing and water to saturation options
  • Single nutrient limitation with gradient control

Imaging and Measurement

  • RGB: high-throughput morphology, geometry, and color
  • Up to 4m-tall height, top-view and multiple side-view cameras
  • Hyperspectral: pigmentation; physiological status, such as water potential, nutrient deficiency

Data Management

  • Smarter Ag™ web-based data delivery
    • Experiment and plant management
    • Conduit for connecting plant researchers
  • Zegami plant phenomics sofware
    • Sort, select,and analyze data visually
    • Generate and interrogate complex graphs on the fly


CEPF Interior


CEPF Model Exterior
CEPF Model Inside different angle


CEPF Model Inside


Renderings and video provided by Synthesis Incorporated

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