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RhizoChamber-Monitor: a robotic platform and software enabling characterization of root growth

Overview of attention for article published in Plant Methods, June 2018
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RhizoChamber-Monitor: a robotic platform and software enabling characterization of root growth
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Plant Methods, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13007-018-0316-5
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Jie Wu, Qian Wu, Loïc Pagès, Yeqing Yuan, Xiaolei Zhang, Mingwei Du, Xiaoli Tian, Zhaohu Li


In order to efficiently determine genotypic differences in rooting patterns of crops, novel hardware and software are needed simultaneously to characterize dynamics of root development. We describe a prototype robotic monitoring platform-the RhizoChamber-Monitor for analyzing growth patterns of plant roots automatically. The RhizoChamber-Monitor comprises an automatic imaging system for acquiring sequential images of roots which grow on a cloth substrate in custom rhizoboxes, an automatic irrigation system and a flexible shading arrangement. A customized image processing software was developed to analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics of root growth from time-course images of multiple plants. This software can quantify overall growth of roots and extract detailed growth traits (e.g. dynamics of length and diameter) of primary roots and of individual lateral roots automatically. It can also identify local growth traits of lateral roots (pseudo-mean-length and pseudo-maximum-length) semi-automatically. Two cotton genotypes were used to test both the physical platform and the analysis software. The combination of hardware and software is expected to facilitate quantification of root geometry and its spatio-temporal growth patterns, and therefore to provide opportunities for high-throughput root phenotyping in support of crop breeding to optimize root architecture.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 48 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 25%
Researcher 11 23%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 8%
Student > Bachelor 3 6%
Other 8 17%
Unknown 6 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 50%
Engineering 6 13%
Computer Science 3 6%
Environmental Science 2 4%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 4%
Other 3 6%
Unknown 8 17%

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