Method: Microphenotron, a miniaturized robotic phenotyping platform

High-throughput screening greatly extends the number of individuals that can be screened, so is particularly crucial for genetic or chemical genetic approaches.  Burrell et al. report on a miniaturized robotic phenotyping platform, “Microphenotron” designed for chemical genetic screening. Seeds are planted in phytostrips, small tubes with flat sides for improved imaging. This platform allows the effects of chemical compounds (more than 4000 treatments at a time) to be assessed by repeated imaging of the root and shoot system. Plant Methods 10.1186/s13007-017-0158-6