field phenotyping Fieldscan with up to 20 PlantEye scans thousands of plants per hour

FieldScan High-Throughput Field Phenotyping

FieldScan is a platform for ultra-high-throughput field phenotyping under all weather conditions. The platform enables capacities of tens of thousands of plants or plots with throughputs of 5,000 plants or higher per hour.

Use FieldScan in plant research or breeding and combine high-precision phenotyping with high throughput. Improve the quality of your research with an entire new dimension of plant data.

Phenotyping sensors
The sensors we use to gather plant data are:

  • PlantEye F500 – 3D and spectral plant scanner
  • FieldScales (optional) – Gravimetric data & precision irrigation
  • Weather station (optional) – Environmental data

Experiments & Data visualization
Set up Field Phenotyping experiments and analyze the data from the sensors with Hortcontrol.

Irrigation solutions 
Add irrigation units to the carrier device for top-down irrigation. Precision Irrigation on a large scale is possible in combination with the FieldScales, .

Improve the quality of your research with an entire new dimension of plant data.


Plant Parameters & Data visualization

PlantEye is the sensor used to gather plant Parameters. It creates 3D models with Spectral information from your plants or fields. From these models our software calculates all plant parameters you need. For instance Plant height, Leaf Area, Biomass and many more. It also calculates parameters about plant health with spectral indices like NDVI. Data can then be analyzed in Hortcontrol.  Read more about the PlantEye and the parameters here.

FieldScan - Field Phenotyping. Get many plant parameters from entire fields or plots with high detail. Like plant growth, leaf area, NDVI and many more.

Field phenotyping – 3D models of entire fields are used to calculate plant parameters like height, leaf area or NDVI.


Field Phenotyping - Growth dynamics (height in mm) visualized over time. Due to the high scan interval you can see clear day & night dynamics.

Diurnal leaf movement and growth dynamics of tomato plants. Plant height in mm visualized over time in hours.


Field Phenotyping an uncontrolled environment

Automated plant phenotyping with high detail seemed limited to controlled environments like greenhouses or climatic chambers. The size of the experiment area and the possibility of expansion is limited in these environments. Take in consideration that most of the traits discovered in a controlled environment only can be reproduced with low correlation in the field. This means there is a strong need for platforms that allow for field conditioned plant assessment. With FieldScan we close the research gap between the controlled environment and the field.

 Most plant traits, discovered in a controlled environment, only can be reproduced with low correlation in the field.

Field Phenotyping - FieldScan uses mutliple PlantEyes to scan plants Field Phenotyping - Environmental data is allways gathered with pehnotyping information in FieldScan Field Phenotyping - Fieldscale Load cells in FieldScan Plattform for gravimetric measurements

We developed FieldScan for field phenotyping in high detail and throughput . We used our expertise in horticultural production to developed a precision carrier device. The device moves a diverse set of sensors over the plants and collects plant and environmental data.

Phenotyping with FieldScan is very cost efficient compared to the large amount of plants that are being screened multiple times a day.

All weather conditions

The platform can easily scan several thousand plants or huge plots every hour.  FieldScan has been proven to work reliably under harsh conditions at ICRISAT in India. Fieldscan works with high temperatures, strong sunlight, rain and the high humidity.

Usecase: How we established field phenotyping at ICRISAT



Field Phenotyping helps your research

Field Phenotyping, or Automating the measurement of plants in fields, is a big challenge. Humid, dusty, hot, cold and windy environments strongly increase the cost of high-tech solutions. Some of the machinery that might be used in such weather, such as irrigation systems and spraying robots, is readily provided by suppliers, who in many cases offer horticultural expertise and decades of experience. In order to provide tools for plant phenotyping, however, where high reliability needs to be coupled with high precision, we drew from the expertise of our partners in the horticultural industry and developed a one of a kind sensor carrier device. Following the maxim to remove the inessentials, we simplified the technology while cutting costs, and were able to achieve full automation and millimeter precision with little downtime and almost no maintenance requirements—over thousands of square meters.

Integrated identification and quality control

Often, approaches using cameras in-field require a complicated calibration for both color and size measurements. In addition to the uncertainty of the camera, the carrier device can cause problems when it is not positioned accurately. Our plant sensors also rely on the precision of the carrier device. However, despite the high accuracy of our carrier device, we have a diverse set of calibration targets in the field that increase the reliability and precision. Our PlantEye sensors do not require any color calibration because they are able to operate in full sunlight. For later quality control, a diverse set of parameters like carrier speed or target height and size is constantly recorded.

Flexible scanning area’s – From pots to plots

The design of field phenotyping experiments might change from year to year. The experimental design, the amount of plants, or even the crop itself—all might change. FieldScan allows researchers to either scan and integrate over plots or to consider individual plants. Adjust scanner height and position to accommodate various field layouts and use the available area as efficiently as possible.

Irrigation control and weighing systems

For drought stress experiments, outdoor rainout-shelters are commonly used to avoid unwanted precipitation. However, when using those shelters, some experiments need artificial irrigation systems. Irrigation nozzles can be added to FieldScan directly to be used as an irrigation system for your plants. These nozzles allow you to irrigate individual areas and to apply different drought scenarios. The combination of FieldScan with FieldScale also allows you to assess transpiration dynamics gravimetrically.

 Field Phenotyping - Irrigation with the FieldScan

Weather station – Environmental Monitoring

In many field phenotyping cases data is assessed without sufficient information about the environmental condition (even in controlled environments). To properly interpret the data, and to be able to link the data to other data sets or experiments, precise information about the environment is key. For this reason, we track all environmental information with a sensor grid over the entire platform. Light, wind, temperature, relative humidity, leaf area, CO2 and other parameters are tracked following the requirements of your research.