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Trends Plant Sci. 2014 May;19(5):304-10. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2013.12.003. Epub 2014 Jan 13.

Advanced imaging techniques for the study of plant growth and development.

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1
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA.
2
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1030 Vienna, Austria.
3
Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 USA.
4
Department of Biology, Duke Center for Systems Biology, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA. Electronic address: philip.benfey@duke.edu.

Abstract

A variety of imaging methodologies are being used to collect data for quantitative studies of plant growth and development from living plants. Multi-level data, from macroscopic to molecular, and from weeks to seconds, can be acquired. Furthermore, advances in parallelized and automated image acquisition enable the throughput to capture images from large populations of plants under specific growth conditions. Image-processing capabilities allow for 3D or 4D reconstruction of image data and automated quantification of biological features. These advances facilitate the integration of imaging data with genome-wide molecular data to enable systems-level modeling.

KEYWORDS:

imaging techniques; plant growth and development; systems-level modeling

PMID:
24434036
PMCID:
PMC4008707
DOI:
10.1016/j.tplants.2013.12.003
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