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RADIX: rhizoslide platform allowing high throughput digital image analysis of root system expansion

Overview of attention for article published in Plant Methods, January 2016
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RADIX: rhizoslide platform allowing high throughput digital image analysis of root system expansion
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Plant Methods, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13007-016-0140-8
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Le Marié, Chantal, Kirchgessner, Norbert, Flütsch, Patrick, Pfeifer, Johannes, Walter, Achim, Hund, Andreas, Chantal Le Marié, Norbert Kirchgessner, Patrick Flütsch, Johannes Pfeifer, Achim Walter, Andreas Hund


Phenotyping of genotype-by-environment interactions in the root-zone is of major importance for crop improvement as the spatial distribution of a plant's root system is crucial for a plant to access water and nutrient resources of the soil. However, so far it is unclear to what extent genetic variations in root system responses to spatially varying soil resources can be utilized for breeding applications. Among others, one limiting factor is the absence of phenotyping platforms allowing the analysis of such interactions. We developed a system that is able to (a) monitor root and shoot growth synchronously, (b) investigate their dynamic responses and (c) analyse the effect of heterogeneous N distribution to parts of the root system in a split-nutrient setup with a throughput (200 individual maize plants at once) sufficient for mapping of quantitative trait loci or for screens of multiple environmental factors. In a test trial, 24 maize genotypes were grown under split nitrogen conditions and the response of shoot and root growth was investigated. An almost double elongation rate of crown and lateral roots was observed under high N for all genotypes. The intensity of genotype-specific responses varied strongly. For example, elongation of crown roots differed almost two times between the fastest and slowest growing genotype. A stronger selective root placement in the high-N compartment was related to an increased shoot development indicating that early vigour might be related to a more intense foraging behaviour. To our knowledge, RADIX is the only system currently existing which allows studying the differential response of crown roots to split-nutrient application to quantify foraging behaviour in genome mapping or selection experiments. In doing so, changes in root and shoot development and the connection to plant performance can be investigated.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 3%
France 1 3%
Unknown 29 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 11 35%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 13%
Student > Master 4 13%
Other 3 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 3 10%
Other 4 13%
Unknown 2 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 58%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Computer Science 1 3%
Arts and Humanities 1 3%
Psychology 1 3%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 5 16%

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