Low-Cost Microprocessor-Controlled Rotating Stage for Medium-Throughput Time-Lapse Plant Phenotyping

  • Francis Barbez
  • Jürgen Kleine-Vehn
  • Elke BarbezEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1497)


Here we provide the instructions to build a cost-friendly rotating stage, which enables time-lapse phenotyping of seedlings, grown vertically on in vitro plates, in a medium-throughput manner.

Key words

Rotating stage Plant phenotyping Arduino 



We would like to thank the Arduino community for setting up this wonderful and easily accessible prototyping platform. We are grateful to David Whittaker for help with the manuscript. This work was supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) (Vienna Research Group), Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (P26568-B16; P26591-B16), and the European Research Council (ERC) (Starting Grant 639478-AuxinER).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Barbez
    • 1
  • Jürgen Kleine-Vehn
    • 3
  • Elke Barbez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology (DAGZ)University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) of Molecular Plant BiologyViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology (DAGZ)University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria

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