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  1. Earth Observation ‘EO’ remote sensing technology development enables original insights into vegetation function and health at ever finer temporal, spectral and spatial resolution. Research sites equipped with ...

    Authors: William Woodgate, Eva van Gorsel, Dale Hughes, Lola Suarez, Jose Jimenez-Berni and Alex Held

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:105

    Content type: Methodology

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  2. Monitoring the timing of seedling emergence and early development via high-throughput phenotyping with computer vision is a challenging topic of high interest in plant science. While most studies focus on the ...

    Authors: Salma Samiei, Pejman Rasti, Joseph Ly Vu, Julia Buitink and David Rousseau

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:103

    Content type: Research

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  3. Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi (EMF) play important roles in mineral cycling and plant nutrient acquisition, and they increase plant survival in nutrient-poor environments. In this study, we detected the colonizati...

    Authors: Hongyi Yang, Xingyu Zhao, Lili Li and Jie Zhang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:102

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  4. Maize is one of the most important cereal crop all over the world with a complex genome of about 2.3 gigabase, and exhibits tremendous phenotypic and molecular diversity among different germplasms. Along with ...

    Authors: Shuaiqiang Liang, Feng Lin, Yiliang Qian, Tifu Zhang, Yibo Wu, Yaocheng Qi, Sihai Ren, Long Ruan and Han Zhao

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:101

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  5. The increasing number of novel approaches for large-scale, multi-dimensional imaging of cells has created an unprecedented opportunity to analyze plant morphogenesis. However, complex image processing, includi...

    Authors: Xi Zhang, Zijian Hu, Yayu Guo, Xiaoyi Shan, Xiaojuan Li and Jinxing Lin

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:100

    Content type: Methodology

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  6. Identification and characterization of key enzymes associated with cell wall biosynthesis and modification is fundamental to gain insights into cell wall dynamics. However, it is a challenge that activity assa...

    Authors: Wanchen Shao, Rita Sharma, Mads H. Clausen and Henrik V. Scheller

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:99

    Content type: Methodology

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  7. In 2005, researchers from the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement, INRAE) started a co...

    Authors: Yannick De Oliveira, Laura Burlot, Julie C. Dawson, Isabelle Goldringer, Darkawi Madi, Pierre Rivière, Delphine Steinbach, Gaëlle van Frank and Mathieu Thomas

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:98

    Content type: Software

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  8. Field-based high-throughput plant phenotyping (FB-HTPP) has been a primary focus for crop improvement to meet the demands of a growing population in a changing environment. Over the years, breeders, geneticist...

    Authors: Alison L. Thompson, Kelly R. Thorp, Matthew M. Conley, Michael Roybal, David Moller and Jacob C. Long

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:97

    Content type: Review

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  9. Endosperm-trait related genes are associated with grain yield or quality in maize. There are vast numbers of these genes whose functions and regulations are still unknown. The biolistic system, which is often ...

    Authors: Yufeng Hu, Dalin Song, Lei Gao, Babatope Samuel Ajayo, Yongbin Wang, Huanhuan Huang, Junjie Zhang, Hanmei Liu, Yinghong Liu, Guowu Yu, Yongjian Liu, Yangping Li and Yubi Huang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:96

    Content type: Methodology

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  10. Automated segmentation of large amount of image data is one of the major bottlenecks in high-throughput plant phenotyping. Dynamic optical appearance of developing plants, inhomogeneous scene illumination, sha...

    Authors: Michael Henke, Astrid Junker, Kerstin Neumann, Thomas Altmann and Evgeny Gladilin

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:95

    Content type: Methodology

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  11. Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated hairy root transformation provides a powerful tool for investigating the functions of plant genes involved in rhizobia-legume symbiosis. However, in the traditional identificatio...

    Authors: Yinglun Fan, Xiuyuan Wang, Haiyun Li, Shuang Liu, Liangshen Jin, Yanyan Lyu, Mengdi Shi, Sirui Liu, Xinyue Yang and Shanhua Lyu

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:94

    Content type: Methodology

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  12. Genetically encoded fluorescent proteins are often used to label proteins and study protein function and localization in vivo. Traditional cloning methods mediated by restriction digestion and ligation are tim...

    Authors: Liu Zhang, Yang Zhao, Haiyan Liang, Xugang Li, Kimberly L. Gallagher and Shuang Wu

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:93

    Content type: Methodology

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  13. Photosynthesis of reproductive organs in C3 cereals is generally regarded as important to crop yield. Whereas, photosynthetic characteristics of reproductive organs are much less understood as compared to leaf ph...

    Authors: Tian-Gen Chang, Qing-Feng Song, Hong-Long Zhao, Shuoqi Chang, Changpeng Xin, Mingnan Qu and Xin-Guang Zhu

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:92

    Content type: Methodology

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  14. The knowledge of vine vegetative status within a vineyard plays a key role in canopy management in order to achieve a correct vine balance and reach the final desired yield/quality. Detailed information about ...

    Authors: Salvatore Filippo Di Gennaro and Alessandro Matese

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:91

    Content type: Methodology

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  15. Deeper roots help plants take up available resources in deep soil ensuring better growth and higher yields under conditions of drought. A large-scale semi-field root phenotyping facility was developed to allow...

    Authors: Xiangyu Guo, Simon F. Svane, Winnie S. Füchtbauer, Jeppe R. Andersen, Just Jensen and Kristian Thorup-Kristensen

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:90

    Content type: Research

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  16. Root system architecture and especially its plasticity in acclimation to variable environments play a crucial role in the ability of plants to explore and acquire efficiently soil resources and ensure plant pr...

    Authors: Kerstin A. Nagel, Henning Lenz, Bernd Kastenholz, Frank Gilmer, Andreas Averesch, Alexander Putz, Kathrin Heinz, Andreas Fischbach, Hanno Scharr, Fabio Fiorani, Achim Walter and Ulrich Schurr

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:89

    Content type: Methodology

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  17. The legume cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) is extensively grown in sub-Saharan Africa. Cowpea, like many legumes has proved recalcitrant to plant transformation. A rapid transient leaf assay was developed for testi...

    Authors: Martina Juranić, Dilrukshi S. K. Nagahatenna, Rigel Salinas-Gamboa, Melanie L. Hand, Nidia Sánchez-León, Weng Herng Leong, Tracy How, Natalia Bazanova, Andrew Spriggs, Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada and Anna M. G. Koltunow

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:88

    Content type: Methodology

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  18. Rapid non-destructive measurements to predict cassava root yield over the full growing season through large numbers of germplasm and multiple environments is a huge challenge in Cassava breeding programs. As o...

    Authors: Michael Gomez Selvaraj, Manuel Valderrama, Diego Guzman, Milton Valencia, Henry Ruiz and Animesh Acharjee

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:87

    Content type: Research

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  19. Plant discrimination is of relevance for taxonomic, evolutionary, breeding and nutritional studies. To this purpose, evidence is reported to demonstrate TBP (Tubulin-Based-Polymorphism) as a DNA-based method s...

    Authors: Luca Braglia, Floriana Gavazzi, Laura Morello, Silvia Gianì, Peter Nick and Diego Breviario

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:86

    Content type: Research

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  20. The number of studies using third-generation sequencing utilising Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) and Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) is rapidly increasing in many different research areas. Among them, plant f...

    Authors: Jiawen Cui, Nan shen, Zhaogeng Lu, Guolu Xu, Yuyao Wang and Biao Jin

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:85

    Content type: Methodology

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  21. Ingrowth-core method is a useful tool to determine fine root growth of standing crops by inserting root-free soil in mesh-bags for certain period of time. However, the root density observed by the method does ...

    Authors: Eusun Han, Dorte Bodin Dresbøll and Kristian Thorup-Kristensen

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:84

    Content type: Methodology

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  22. Many metals are essential for plants and humans. Knowledge of metal distribution in plant tissues in vivo contributes to the understanding of physiological mechanisms of metal uptake, accumulation and sequestr...

    Authors: Ana Mijovilovich, Filis Morina, Syed Nadeem Bokhari, Timo Wolff and Hendrik Küpper

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:82

    Content type: Methodology

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  23. Generation of marker-free transgenic plants is very important to the regulatory permission and commercial release of transgenic crops. Co-transformation methods that enable the removal of selectable marker gen...

    Authors: Fang Liu, Pandi Wang, Xiaojuan Xiong, Ping Fu, Hongfei Gao, Xinhua Ding and Gang Wu

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:81

    Content type: Research

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  24. Obtaining high-quality RNA for gene expression analyses from different seed tissues is challenging due to the presence of various contaminants, such as polyphenols, polysaccharides and lipids which interfere w...

    Authors: Laura Siles, Peter Eastmond and Smita Kurup

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:80

    Content type: Methodology

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  25. The number of kernels per ear is one of the major agronomic yield indicators for maize. Manual assessment of kernel traits can be time consuming and laborious. Moreover, manually acquired data can be influence...

    Authors: Di Wu, Zhen Cai, Jiwan Han and Huawei Qin

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:79

    Content type: Methodology

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  26. A fast, reliable and non-destructive method is needed to qualify the extractives content (EC) in heartwood of T. sinensis cores in the breeding program for studying the genetic effect on EC. However, the influenc...

    Authors: Yanjie Li, Xin Dong, Yang Sun, Jun Liu and Jingmin Jiang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:77

    Content type: Research

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  27. Strigolactones (SLs) are important plant hormones that are produced via the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway and occur at extremely low concentrations in various plant species. They regulate root development, p...

    Authors: Rostislav Halouzka, Sanja Ćavar Zeljković, Bořivoj Klejdus and Petr Tarkowski

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:76

    Content type: Review

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  28. Glucosinolates are an important class of secondary metabolites characteristic to the order Brassicales. They are known to play a major role in plant defense and from the human perspective, can be anticarcinoge...

    Authors: Deepti M. Nambiar, Juhi Kumari, Gulab C. Arya, Amarjeet K. Singh and Naveen C. Bisht

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:75

    Content type: Methodology

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  29. Next generation sequencing (NGS) has been widely used in biological research, due to its rapid decrease in cost and increasing ability to generate data. However, while the sequence generation step has seen man...

    Authors: Sheng Zhao, Cuicui Zhang, Jianqiang Mu, Hui Zhang, Wen Yao, Xinhua Ding, Junqiang Ding and Yuxiao Chang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:74

    Content type: Methodology

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  30. There is little information on the effect of nutrient solutions composition on Arabidopsis growth. Therefore, we compared growth performance of Arabidopsis thaliana (Col-0) grown on the most commonly used nutrien...

    Authors: Sander H. van Delden, Mohammad Javad Nazarideljou and Leo F. M. Marcelis

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:72

    Content type: Research

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  31. In situ analysis of biomarkers such as DNA, RNA and proteins are important for research and diagnostic purposes. At the RNA level, plant gene expression studies rely on qPCR, RNAseq and probe-based in situ hyb...

    Authors: Shyam Solanki, Gazala Ameen, Jin Zhao, Jordan Flaten, Pawel Borowicz and Robert S. Brueggeman

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:71

    Content type: Methodology

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  32. Auxin response factors (ARFs) have long been a research focus and represent a class of key regulators of plant growth and development. Integrated phylogenomic synteny network analyses were able to provide nove...

    Authors: Bei Gao, Liuqiang Wang, Melvin Oliver, Moxian Chen and Jianhua Zhang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:70

    Content type: Research

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  33. Precision agriculture is an emerging research field that relies on monitoring and managing field variability in phenotypic traits. An important phenotypic trait is biomass, a comprehensive indicator that can r...

    Authors: Shichao Jin, Yanjun Su, Shilin Song, Kexin Xu, Tianyu Hu, Qiuli Yang, Fangfang Wu, Guangcai Xu, Qin Ma, Hongcan Guan, Shuxin Pang, Yumei Li and Qinghua Guo

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:69

    Content type: Research

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  34. RNAseq is nowadays the method of choice for transcriptome analysis. In the last decades, a high number of statistical methods, and associated bioinformatics tools, for RNAseq analysis were developed. More rece...

    Authors: Ilana Lambert, Christine Paysant-Le Roux, Stefano Colella and Marie-Laure Martin-Magniette

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:68

    Content type: Software

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  35. Stalk lodging (breaking of agricultural plant stalks prior to harvest) results in millions of dollars in lost revenue each year. Despite a growing body of literature on the topic of stalk lodging, the structur...

    Authors: Christopher J. Stubbs, Kate Seegmiller, Christopher McMahan, Rajandeep S. Sekhon and Daniel J. Robertson

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:67

    Content type: Research

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  36. X-ray computed tomography (CT) allows us to visualize root system architecture (RSA) beneath the soil, non-destructively and in a three-dimensional (3-D) form. However, CT scanning, reconstruction processes, a...

    Authors: Shota Teramoto, Satoko Takayasu, Yuka Kitomi, Yumiko Arai-Sanoh, Takanari Tanabata and Yusaku Uga

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:66

    Content type: Methodology

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  37. Field-grown leafy vegetables can be damaged by biotic and abiotic factors, or mechanically damaged by farming practices. Available methods to evaluate leaf tissue damage mainly rely on colour differentiation b...

    Authors: Emina Mulaosmanovic, Tobias U. T. Lindblom, Marie Bengtsson, Sofia T. Windstam, Lars Mogren, Salla Marttila, Hartmut Stützel and Beatrix W. Alsanius

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:62

    Content type: Methodology

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  38. Plant parasitic weeds belonging to the genus Striga are a major threat for food production in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The parasite’s life cycle starts with the induction of seed germination by host...

    Authors: Raul Masteling, Lodewijk Voorhoeve, Joris IJsselmuiden, Francisco Dini-Andreote, Wietse de Boer and Jos M. Raaijmakers

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:60

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  39. The increase in atmospheric CO2 is causing a number of changes in plant growth such as increases in leaf area and number, branching, plant size and biomass, and growth rate. Despite the importance of stomatal res...

    Authors: Mengmeng Tang, Xiaowei Zhao, Yinling Hu, Miaomiao Zeng, Kai Wang, Nannan Dong, Xiaonan Ma, Ling Bai and Chun-Peng Song

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:59

    Content type: Methodology

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  40. Quantitative PCR (qPCR) is one of the most common and accurate methods of gene expression analysis. However, the biggest challenge for this kind of examinations is normalization of the results, which requires ...

    Authors: Karolina Dudziak, Magdalena Sozoniuk, Hubert Szczerba, Adam Kuzdraliński, Krzysztof Kowalczyk, Andreas Börner and Michał Nowak

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:58

    Content type: Research

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  41. To study the impact of climate warming on crops, it is crucial to have a warming equipment suitable for their field environment. A facility is needed that can provide suitable combinations of different tempera...

    Authors: Zuolin Zhang, Zhiyuan Yang, Shah Fahad, Tong Zhang, Wenhao Xu, Kehui Cui, Shaobing Peng and Jianliang Huang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:57

    Content type: Research

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  42. Wild apple, Malus sieversii, is an endangered species and a valuable genetic resource that requires a variety of conservation techniques. This study aimed to investigate the influence of different concentrations ...

    Authors: Y. Zhang, T. A. Bozorov, D. X. Li, P. Zhou, X. J. Wen, Y. Ding and D. Y. Zhang

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:56

    Content type: Research

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  43. To ensure further genetic gain, genomic approaches in plant breeding rely on precise phenotypic data, describing plant structure, function and performance. A more precise characterization of the environment wi...

    Authors: Andreas Honecker, Henrik Schumann, Diana Becirevic, Lasse Klingbeil, Kai Volland, Steffi Forberig, Marc Jansen, Hinrich Paulsen, Heiner Kuhlmann and Jens Léon

    Citation: Plant Methods 2020 16:55

    Content type: Software

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