Plant Image Analysis Plant Image Analysis


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A novel image-analysis toolbox enabling quantitative analysis of root system architecture.
G. Lobet, L. Pagès, X. Draye,
2011 , Plant Physiol. , 157(1), 29
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SmartRoot is a semi-automated image analysis software which streamline the quantification of root growth and architecture for complex root systems.

The software combines a vectorial representation of root objects with a powerful tracing algorithm which accommodates to a wide range of image source and quality.

The software supports a sampling-based analysis of root system images, in which detailed information is collected on a limited number of roots selected by the user according to specific research requirements.

SmartRoot is an operating system independent freeware based on ImageJ and uses cross-platform standards (XML, SQL, Java) for communication with data analysis softwares.

Modified from: Lobet et al. (2011), Plant Physiology, 157(1) 29-39

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Operating system
windows, mac, linux,


Measured variables
diameter, insertion-angle, orientation, length, n-branches, insertion, topology,

Automation level

Plant requirements
mature, seedings,

Image requirements
tiff, gif, jpeg, bmp,

Export formats
sql, csv,

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