Australian Plant Phenomics Facility at ANU

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF)

The APPF is a world-leading research infrastructure facility offering researchers open access to end-to-end plant phenotyping solutions. The facility is a distributed network of research infrastructure platforms currently located across two nodes:

The APPF is supported by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and contributions from the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide.


The APPF node at ANU has a range of highly controlled plant growth facilities, equipment for measuring plant physiological traits (such as gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence) and cutting-edge tools for characterizing 3D plant architecture and hyperspectral signatures that can be linked to biochemical, physiological and physical leaf traits.

At APPF-ANU, we can help with project design and provide support for data management and data analysis for projects that use our facilities.

Appropriate PC2, quarantine and building induction training is required prior to access.

APPF ANU capabilities/services

The APPF-ANU node currently provides five essential services:

  • On-site phenomics and plant growth services NextGen growth and phenotyping facilities for Australian and international researchers including greenhouses and growth chambers with time-lapse imaging
  • Genomics and bioinformatics, study design and data analysis support Analysis of phenotypic and genomics data and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class researchers in genomics, photosynthesis and bioinformatics
  • Development and streamlining of cross-scale approaches in monitoring for scaling from lab to field, chamber to crop, and forest
  • Research and development of open-source hardware and software pipelines and visualization tools for enabling lower cost high through-put phenotyping (HTP) and environmental monitoring
  • Collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to tackling the grand challenges associated with HTP and environmental monitoring.

We provide the only quarantine approved growth cabinets in Canberra for research purposes.

Our shipping container-based Growth Capsule systems support dynamic multispectral LED lighting and high-precision environmental controls for growing wheat and other tall crops in high light environments.

The APPF ANU node is a leader in the development of systems for visualising phenomics and environmental sensing data and point clouds in virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR).

Division of Plant Sciences
Research School of Biology
Linnaeus Building 
134 Linnaeus Way
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601
Access & cost

Please contact us to speak with our team regarding our services and cost. Pricing is available for ANU users, academic (other universities) and industry users. Rates for APPF instrument hire start from $15 per day. Weekly and monthly rates are available for our chambers and capsules from $33 per week/$132 per month.



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