Plant structure visualization by high-resolution X-ray computed tomography

Stijn Dhondt, Hannes Vanhaeren, Denis Van Loo, Veerle Cnudde, Dirk Inzé

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New developments in high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT) are promising for the broader application of this non-destructive imaging method in plant sciences. Here, we demonstrate how detailed three-dimensional morphological traits can be extracted rapidly from in vivo Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings without sample manipulation. Furthermore, ex vivo scanning at sub-micron resolution allows the quantification and visualization of the cellular organization of plant tissue samples, making HRXCT a desired tool in developmental plant biology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


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