Imaging plants dynamics in heterogenic environments

Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, IBG-2: Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Leo-Brandt-Straße, 52425 Jülich, Germany.
Current Opinion in Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 7.12). 01/2012; 23(2):227-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.12.010
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Noninvasive imaging sensors and computer vision approaches are key technologies to quantify plant structure, physiological status, and performance. Today, imaging sensors exploit a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum, and they can be deployed to measure a growing number of traits, also in heterogenic environments. Recent advances include the possibility to acquire high-resolution spectra by imaging spectroscopy and classify signatures that might be informative of plant development, nutrition, health, and disease. Three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of surfaces and volume is of particular interest, enabling functional and mechanistic analyses. While taking pictures is relatively easy, quantitative interpretation often remains challenging and requires integrating knowledge of sensor physics, image analysis, and complex traits characterizing plant phenotypes.

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    • "The large payoff of these measurements justifies enduring effort for improving these traits. To widen the spectrum of relevant traits under field conditions, recent advances in the development and application of novel noninvasive sensors (Fiorani et al., 2012; Araus & Cairns, 2014) could significantly contribute by providing higher precision in screening or by decreasing screening and selection efforts. However , these promising methodologies still need considerable improvement to become valuable tools to support breeding programmes, by identifying novel and relevant traits, establishing robust sensors, close monitoring of the environment linked to the development of predictive models. "

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