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High-throughput and automatic structural and developmental root phenotyping on Arabidopsis seedlings

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Abstract Background High-throughput phenotyping is crucial for the genetic and molecular understanding of adaptive root system development. In recent years, imaging automata have been developed to acquire the root system architecture of many genotypes grown in Petri dishes to explore the Genetic x Environment (GxE) interaction. There is now an increasing interest in understanding the dynamics of the adaptive responses, such as the organ apparition or the growth rate. However, due to the increasing complexity of root architectures in development, the accurate description of the topology, geometry, and dynamics of a growing root system remains a challenge. Results We designed a high-throughput phenotyping method, combining an imaging device and an automatic analysis pipeline based on registration and topological tracking, capable of accurately describing the topology and geometry of observed root systems in 2D+t. The method was tested on a challenging Arabidopsis seedling dataset, including numerous root occlusions and crossovers. Static phenes are estimated with high accuracy ( R 2 = 0.996 and 0, 923 for primary and second-order roots length, respectively). These performances are similar to state-of-the-art results obtained on root systems of equal or lower complexity. In addition, our pipeline estimates dynamic phenes accurately between two successive observations ( R 2 = 0. 938 for lateral root growth). Conclusions We designed a novel method of root tracking that accurately and automatically measures both static and dynamic RSA parameters from a novel high-throughput root phenotyping platform. It has been used to characterize developing patterns of root systems grown under various environmental conditions. It provides a solid basis to explore the GxE interaction controlling the dynamics of root system architecture adaptive responses. In future work, our approach will be adapted to a wider range of imaging configurations and species.
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hal-03749923 , version 1 (11-08-2022)

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Romain Fernandez, Amandine Crabos, Morgan Maillard, Philippe Nacry, Christophe Pradal. High-throughput and automatic structural and developmental root phenotyping on Arabidopsis seedlings. 2022. ⟨hal-03749923⟩
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