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A novel tracking tool for the analysis of plant-root tip movements.
A. Russino, A. Ascrizzi, L. Popova, A. Tonazzini, S. Mancuso, B. Mazzolai,
2013 , Bioinspir Biomim , 8(2), 25004
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ARTT (analyser for root tip tracks) is a tool to study the kinematics of the root tip (apex). The software implementation combines a segmentation algorithm with additional software imaging filters in order to realize a 2D tip detection. The resulting paths, or tracks, arise from the sampled tip positions through the acquired images during the growth. ARTT allows work with no markers and deals autonomously with new emerging root tips, as well as handling a massive number of data relying on minimum user interaction. Consequently, ARTT can be used for a wide range of applications and for the study of kinematics in different plant species. In particular, the study of the root growth and behaviour could lead to the definition of novel principles for the penetration and/or control paradigms for soil exploration and monitoring tasks.

Modified from: Russino et al. (2013) Bioinspiration & biomimetics , 8(2)

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