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An online database for plant image analysis software tools

Guillaume Lobet1*, Xavier Draye2 and Claire Périlleux1

Author Affiliations

1 Laboratory of Plant Physiology, PhytoSYSTEMS, University of Liège, Boulevard du Rectorat 27, 4000 Liège, Belgium

2 Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 2 L7.05.11, 1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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Plant Methods 2013, 9:38  doi:10.1186/1746-4811-9-38

Published: 9 October 2013

Abstract

Background

Recent years have seen an increase in methods for plant phenotyping using image analyses. These methods require new software solutions for data extraction and treatment. These solutions are instrumental in supporting various research pipelines, ranging from the localisation of cellular compounds to the quantification of tree canopies. However, due to the variety of existing tools and the lack of central repository, it is challenging for researchers to identify the software that is best suited for their research.

Results

We present an online, manually curated, database referencing more than 90 plant image analysis software solutions. The website, plant-image-analysis.org, presents each software in a uniform and concise manner enabling users to identify the available solutions for their experimental needs. The website also enables user feedback, evaluations and new software submissions.

Conclusions

The plant-image-analysis.org database provides an overview of existing plant image analysis software. The aim of such a toolbox is to help users to find solutions, and to provide developers a way to exchange and communicate about their work.

Keywords:
Database; Image analysis; Social media