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6 March 1998 Gel tomography for 3D acquisition of plant root systems
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Proceedings Volume 3313, Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications; (1998)
Event: Photonics West '98 Electronic Imaging, 1998, San Jose, CA, United States
A system for three-dimensional, non-destructive acquisition of the structure of plant root systems is described. The plants are grown in a transparent medium (a 'gel pack') and are then placed on a rotating stage. The stage is rotated in 5-degree increments while images are captured using either traditional photography or a CCD camera. The individual images are then used as input to a tomographic (backprojection) algorithm to recover the original volumetric data. This reconstructed volume is then used as input to a 3D-reconstruction system. The software performs segmentation and mesh generation to derive a tessellated mesh of the root structure. This mesh can then be visualized using computer graphics, or used to derive measurements of root thickness and length. For initial validation studies, a wire model of known length and gauge was used as a calibration sample. The use of the transparent gel- pack media, together with the gel tomography software, allows the plant biologist a method for non-destructive visualization and measurement of root structure that has previously been unattainable.
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Kevin N. Montgomery and Anthony Gerard Heyenga "Gel tomography for 3D acquisition of plant root systems", Proc. SPIE 3313, Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications, (6 March 1998);

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