The 6P Project and the Nordic Phenotyping Network

The founding NPPN partners consist of a number of Nordic based research institutions and plant breeding companies. The General assemply of the NPPN is held annually, in conjunction with the annual NPPN workshop. While focusing on adressing the specific needs of plant breeders, technology development and research in the Nordic region, the NPPN also aims to function as a part of the international community of phenotyping networks.

The 6P project was established as a two-part public private partnership project. The University of Copenhagen Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences coordinates the project.

One part of the 6P project is focused on Research and Innovation associated with the development of high throughput field phenotyping methods. The initial focus is on the application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in field phenotyping. The research and innovation (R&I) consortium consists of The University of Copenhagen, Lantmännen, Secobra Recherches, DLF Trifolium and LKF Vandel. The R&I Consortium operates separately from the NPPN.

The other partof the 6P project is the establishment of the Nordic Plant Phenotyping Network (NPPN). The NPPN aims to facilitate and promote the exchange of information between Nordic research institutions, Nordic plant breeding companies and industry technology providers to promote and support the dynamic development of high-throughput field phenotyping methodologies, technologies and practical implementation of progress through end-user involvement and knowledge sharing. Key network activities to support these objectives, include annual workshops and a summer school course. This will serve as a basis to integrate experiences and methods from the R&I portion of the 6P project with ongoing Nordic pre-breeding and field phenotyping efforts.