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Trends Plant Sci. 2013 Aug;18(8):428-39. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2013.04.008. Epub 2013 May 23.

Cell to whole-plant phenotyping: the best is yet to come.

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Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Gent, Belgium.


Imaging and image processing have revolutionized plant phenotyping and are now a major tool for phenotypic trait measurement. Here we review plant phenotyping systems by examining three important characteristics: throughput, dimensionality, and resolution. First, whole-plant phenotyping systems are highlighted together with advances in automation that enable significant throughput increases. Organ and cellular level phenotyping and its tools, often operating at a lower throughput, are then discussed as a means to obtain high-dimensional phenotypic data at elevated spatial and temporal resolution. The significance of recent developments in sensor technologies that give access to plant morphology and physiology-related traits is shown. Overall, attention is focused on spatial and temporal resolution because these are crucial aspects of imaging procedures in plant phenotyping systems.


image processing; non-invasive sensor; physiology; plant growth; plant phenomics

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