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11-939  Project Manager: D. C. Jones

NONDESTRUCTIVE IMAGING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF COTTON/ROOT PEST INTERACTIONS

Ronald B. Michaels, Phenotype Screening Corporation

Phenotype Screening Corporation (PSC) has developed a suite of measurement techniques, based upon soft-tissue X-ray imaging, to visualize and characterize the root systems of plant roots. There are two fundamental approaches to using this new technology; the "agronomical" approach and the "controlled environment" approach. Both approaches offer unique opportunities to accelerate the understanding of cotton plant root interactions with nematodes. Under the "agronomical" approach cotton plant roots are harvested in the field, washed and then X-ray imaged to capture the integrated results of the local physical and biological environment, over the entire growing season, on the cotton plants' root system development. Under the "controlled environment" approach the plants are grown in special media, in grow rooms, under tightly controlled environmental conditions and X-ray imaged non-destructively to capture cotton plant root system development at specific times and in response to triggered events.

 

Project Year: 2012
 

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