21 Apr 2016

Branching and Rooting Out with a CT Scanner: The Why, the How, and the Outcomes, Present and Possibly Future

Submitted by Centre SÈVE


Published on the Frontiers Website: ISBN: 978-2-88919-791-0

This "Frontiers in Plant Science Research Topic" is a compilation of seven key publications in the field of the application of X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning in plant sciences, as well as an editorial. A CT scanner can scan a living plant to obtain a 3-D digital model and thus analyze the spatial organization of branches, leaf canopy and root system.

This E-book provides a non-technical update of knowledge about the application of CT scanning with plants, including the types of data collected with this technology and their processing. It draws the limits of this approach, describes the advantages and explains the principal methods used for graphical, quantitative and statistical analyses of plant CT scanning data. A comparison with the use of phenomics platforms as an alternative tool targeting leaf canopies is also presented. Finally, clear perspectives and well-defined goals for future research in the field are provided to current and future potential users.

About the Editors:
Pierre Dutilleul is professor in the Department of Plant Science at McGill University's Macdonald Campus and a member of the Centre SÈVE. In his research, he is interested in spatio-temporal statistics, particularly in agricultural and environmental sciences (phytometry and Environmetry).

Jonathan A. Lafond did his Ph.D. (2011) under the inter-institutional co-supervision of Suzanne Allaire (Université Laval) and Pierre Dutilleul (McGill University), both members of the Centre SÈVE. Since 2012 he works as a research professional at Université Laval.