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Report on the Versailles-Grignon Centre. Containment greenhouse. © INRA, BEAUCARDET William

The Plant Observatory

Updated on 02/17/2017
Published on 05/14/2013

The Plant Observatory constitutes a group of resources dedicated to the multi-level phenotyping of plants. This platform is mainly based on the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Brachypodium dystachion but also welcomes projects involving cultivated plants (maize, rapeseed, flax, wheat, cotton, barley, camelina, etc.).

The purpose of the Plant Observatory is to carry out integrated and high-throughput analyses on plants which combine macroscopic, biochemical, cytological and metabolic phenotyping.
The facility comprises several platforms: plant cytology and imaging, high-throughput phenotyping, plant chemistry and biochemistry, and biological resource centres on Arabidopsis and Brachypodium, as well as experimental installations for plant cultivation.

It thus offers numerous services, which include:

  • plant imaging: visible and confocal microscopy, in situ hybridisation, laser dissection, electron microscopy, flow cytometry; subcellular and dynamic localisation, immunolocalisation and FISH;
  • automated phenotyping/macroscopic phenotyping robots using visible, infra-red and fluorescence imaging;
  • analytical chemistry of plant compounds: analysis of primary and secondary metabolites; assay and characterisation of lipids and hormones; characterisation and assay of cell wall polysaccharides;
  • studies of protein functions and structure, proteomic analysis;
  • propagation, storage and distribution of genetic materials;
  • cultivation of plants under controlled and greenhouse conditions, quarantine and S2 and S3 biosafety facilities. 

The observatory was accredited as an Infrastructure for Biology, Health and Agronomy (IBISA) in 2012.
The Plant Observatory is attached to the INRA-AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin.

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UMR Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin (Inra, AgroParisTech)

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