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Published on Mar 5, 2013

Blink and the future has arrived. Many modern inventions, from electric-hybrid vehicles to handheld touchscreen smartphones, seem to arrive in an instant. Read the full feature here: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-secu...

The same could be said of the new multi-million pound National Plant Phenomics Centre (NPPC), the technological scale and capability of which provokes a similar "wow!" factor. The NPPC is unique within the UK and is the future of agricultural and horticultural science, where thousands of plants' physical characteristics are automatically measured on a cyber-industrial scale.

Scientists will use the centre to ask questions about plant characteristics -- everything from growth rate to water use to formation useful metabolites -- and how these physical parameters are affected by genes, the environment and the interplay between the two. The answers will feedback into twenty-first century food security challenges and the need for better, more efficient biofuels among other projects.

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