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- Brian G Forde, Lancaster University
There is a daily rhythm to the movement of leaves, which is driven by the circadian clock. This movement can provide a convenient read-out for the functioning of the clock. The authors have developed an automated tracking system for leaf movement that will greatly facilitate future high-throughput studies of the circadian clock. They validate the technology by using it to compare the circadian period in a set of 150 Arabidopsis recombinant inbred lines.
3D imaging root architecture in soil has always been a challenge. In this paper the authors directly compare, using the same pot-grown plants, two of the rival technologies for imaging roots in soil. They compare and contrast the results and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using the two approaches, either individually or in conjunction.
The authors present their historical perspective on plant phenotyping, beginning with the coining of the terms phenotype and genotype over 100 years ago by the Danish plant scientist Wilhelm Johannsen. They go on to discuss how phenotyping techniques have evolved, explaining the general concepts in detail and pointing to specialized papers for further reading. This review will be of particular value as an introduction to phenotyping for those new to the field.
Brian G. Forde is currently Professor of Environmental Plant Biotechnology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, in the UK.
“We launched Plant Methods in 2005 with the aim of providing a high-profile, open access platform that would help to stimulate the development and dissemination of novel techniques and research tools in plant biology.
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A simple and efficient method for genetic crossing in Medicago truncatula
Plant Methods 2014, 10:11