Novel Tools for quantifying Secondary growth

Wunderling, Anna; Ben Targem, Mehdi; Barbier de Reuille, Pierre; Ragni, Laura (2017). Novel Tools for quantifying Secondary growth. Journal of Experimental Botany, 68(1), pp. 89-95. Oxford University Press 10.1093/jxb/erw450

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Secondary growth occurs in dicotyledons and gymnosperms, and results in an increased girth of plant organs. It is driven primarily by the vascular cambium, which produces thousands of cells throughout the life of several plant species. For instance, even in the small herbaceous model plant Arabidopsis, manual quantification of this massive process is impractical. Here, we provide a comprehensive overview of current methods used to measure radial growth. We discuss the issues and problematics related to its quantification. We highlight recent advances and tools developed for automated cellular phenotyping and its future applications.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Development
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Barbier de Reuille, Pierre


500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)




Oxford University Press




Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

21 Dec 2016 09:06

Last Modified:

22 Feb 2018 09:39

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Arabidopsis; automated cellular phenotyping; machine learning; quantitative histology; secondary growth


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