PBRC researchers have recently published two significant papers in the area of plant roots.
PBRC researchers Drs Jinhai Cai, Jason Connor, Pankaj Kumar and Professor Stanley Miklavcic, in collaboration with researchers from the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, reported in the Journal of Experimental Botany on the outcome of their efforts to develop a fully automatic software tool for the analysis of plant roots based on image processing algorithms.
J. Cai, Z. Zeng, J.N. Connor, C.Y. Huang, V. Melino, P. Kumar, S.J. Miklavcic (2015) "RootGraph: an image analysis and graphic optimization tool for the automated analysis of plant roots", Journal of Experimental Botany (doi: 10.1093/jxb/ erv359)
PBRC PhD Student Josh Chopin and supervisors Professor Stanley Miklavcic and Dr Hamid Laga have developed an algorithmic tool for the automated analysis of root tissue cross-sections to quantify tissue cell number, size and shape as well as tissue cell distribution. The tool has been developed to assist plant scientists in their efforts to quantify structural changes in plant root anatomy in response to growth under environmental stress conditions. The PBRC researchers reported on their work in the highly regarded journal, PLOS One.
Joshua Chopin, Hamid Laga, Chunyuna Huang, Sigrid Heuer, and Stanley J. Miklavcic. RootAnalyzer: a cross-section image analysis tool for automated characterization of root cells and tissues. PLOS One 2015 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137655).