Innovations - PhenoTest


The PhenoTest is an automated, patented testing method for 4D-phenotyping. The sugar beet seedlings are measured 3-dimensionally in terms of size and shape and also over the course of time. The temporal measurements make the method 4-dimensional. Both the germination and growing capacity of the seeds and seedlings are tested. The phenoTest is the world's first automated germination test for sugar beets with these measured parameters and this level of throughput.

The method improves our quality controls. The PhenoTest enables more precise predictions on how our seed will behave on the field. This allows us to ensure that farmers are always supplied with highly productive seeds with excellent growing capacity and rapid juvenile development.

Determination of seed quality

Our innovations

BlueBob® - Chopping tool


Prototype for a chopping robot for mechanical weed control in sugar beets.

PhenoBob is analysing sugar beets on the field.


The Der PhenoBob is a self-navigating vehicle with a camera system for the image-based analysis of plants.

Image of the developement of a healthy sugar beet


The PhenoTest is an automated, patented testing method for 4D-phenotyping.

Hugo-Junkers award

Hyperspectral scanner

The hyperspectral scanner is a programme for early diagnosis of disease.

Harvested sugar beets are washed in the Weber Cleaner

Weber cleaner

The Weber cleaner is a stone separation facility for sugar beets for biogas production.

Seedinspector CT

Seedinspector and CT

Examination of the beet seeds with high-throughput micro-computer tomography (CT).

BlueMobile 4


The BlueMobil is a technology for trial and plot harvesting with simultaneous sampling.

Strube 2D X-ray beet balls

2D X-ray images with automatic image analysis

First two-dimensional reconstruction of the seed based on X-ray images.