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IBG-2 hosts an extensive portfolio of research facilities and experimental fields

The application of the increased knowledge of molecular control mechanisms requires mulit-discinplinary approaches. On the basis of moelcular, physiological and ecological expertise, integrated concepts and infrastructures for an intensified and sustainable crop production are being established.

IBG-2 develops and runs mechanistic high-throughput and field phenotyping facilities ar various scales using non-invasive devices to measure key structural and functional parameters of plants above- and below-ground.

The methods portfolio includes:

  • non-invasive quantification of growth, chlorophyll fluorescence, hyperspectral data, and
  • automated plant screening facilities under controlled growth chamber and greenhouse conditions, as well as field plots.

Collaborative research at IBG-2: Access to infrastructure

IBG-2 actively cooperates with both academic and industrial partners and enables access to state-of-the-art phenotyping systems and experimental procedures. The capacities for plant phenotyping are currently used in national and international research networks such as DPPN, EPPN, EPPN2020, IPPN and EMPHASIS. Access for selected users and collaborative projects includes the use of infrastructure, logistics, technological and scientific support required to conduct the proposed experiment. To obtain access, please contact the head of the respective research groups at IBG-2.

Selected Facilities

Research Greenhouse (new)

The greenhouse provides several compartments suited for challenging experiments in relation to measuring devices (robotics, automation, specific sensors) and the simulation of environmental conditions.
Each compartment is equipped with sensors for the data acquisition, IT infrastructure, media supply (e.g., VE water, compressed air) as well as controlling devices for the environmental factors.

Time lapse video: Construction of the New Research Greenhouse


This experimental research greenhouse includes climate chambers to cultivate plants under field and changing environmental conditions .

Algae Science Center (ASC)

The ASC is hosted at IBG-2, enables growing of phototrophic algae and comparison of different cultivations as well as harvesting technologies on 1500 m² area. At the moment, three different bioreactor systems are operating to produce algae.

Campus Klein-Altendorf

The Klein-Altendorf Campus is an experimental site of the University of Bonn. Research and training is carried out under natural conditions on cultivated plants, their agricultural and horticultural growing conditions and their interactions with the environment.

Research Campus Klein-Altendorf

Experimental Plots (Daubenrather Tor)

In 2012, the experimental field site of the IBG-2 was established at the Daubenrather Tor, located in the immediate vicinity of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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