- Root phenotyping for better growth and Fe nutrition in soybean (Glycine max L.), November 2018: 51 genotypes of soybean were grown with iron-free medium. Foliar application of iron was done in the form of standard or novel Fe chelators. The plants have been assessed for iron deficiency symptoms. Effects on the root part will be assessed thanks to the aeroponic facility.
- Association of roots with grain yield under variable moisture availability in winter and spring wheat, April 2019: Two panels of 50 winter wheat and 50 spring wheat were phenotyped jointly in the platform. Root traits extracted from the experiment will be put in relation with the performance of the genotypes assessed in the field under drought conditions.
- In depth phenotyping for drought tolerance-related root traits in a lentil RIL population, July 2019: The population was composed of of 130 recombinant inbred lines, 28 landraces and 7 wild progenitors. The objective is to better understand the genetic variability and heritability of root traits related to drought tolerance in cultivated lentils, and to find and DNA markers associated with these traits.
- Root phenotyping of Mediterranean durum wheat in contrasted nitrogen environments, August-December 2019: A panel of 220 durum wheat accessions representing the major durum gene pools adapted to the Mediterranean environments were tested in two different nitrogen concentrations. The root phenotyping data of this experiment will be used to identify QTLs associated with better nitrogen and water use efficiency.
Access to the RootPhAir facility at UCL is supported by the EU project EPPN2020.