Plant Methods is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal for the plant research community that encompasses all aspects of technological innovation in the plant sciences.
- Brian G Forde, Lancaster University
Observing flowering time in rice is an important but very time-consuming and labour-intensive process. The authors have developed a method for automatically counting flowering panicles of paddy rice in photographic images taken under natural field conditions. Using time-series images it is possible to follow diurnal changes and identify daily peaks of flowering.
As major vectors of plant viruses, aphids are responsible for significant yield losses in crops. The authors describe an automated video-tracking platform that is able to quantify the feeding behaviour of up to 100 aphids simultaneously. The system has potential application in screening large plant populations for resistance to aphids and other piercing-sucking insects.
Non-invasive methods of plant phenotyping are essential for high-throughput applications. In this contribution to our Thematic Series on Plant Phenotyping and Phenomics the authors describe a powerful new phenotyping technique (HyperART) that can accurately map both leaf transmittance and absorption over a whole leaf. The technique has been validated by using it to determine leaf chlorophyll content and to detect and quantify leaf spot disease.
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.
By the end of 2013 we had published over 270 papers, which have now collectively been cited over 2500 times. Remarkably, the 100 most accessed of these have been viewed online a total of more than 1.5 million times - most visits coming from the US, but with India and China close behind in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
These figures are encouraging evidence that Plant Methods is achieving its goals of providing international impact for our authors and open access for the plant science community to a diverse and ever-expanding range of innovative techniques and resources. To keep up to date with what Plant Methods is publishing - and other news - why not sign up to our Twitter feed using the link below?”
Brian G. Forde
A simple and efficient method for genetic crossing in Medicago truncatula
Plant Methods 2014, 10:11