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Trends Plant Sci. 2010 Aug;15(8):419-22. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2010.05.002. Epub 2010 Jun 9.

Plant structure visualization by high-resolution X-ray computed tomography.

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  • 1Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Ghent, Belgium.


New developments in high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT) are promising for the broader application of this non-destructive imaging method in plant sciences. Here, we demonstrate how detailed three-dimensional morphological traits can be extracted rapidly from in vivoArabidopsis thaliana seedlings without sample manipulation. Furthermore, ex vivo scanning at sub-micron resolution allows the quantification and visualization of the cellular organization of plant tissue samples, making HRXCT a desired tool in developmental plant biology.

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