Plant phenotyping systems generally imply a large amount of data to be acquired, processed and managed to provide adequate information to breeders and biotechnologists in order to obtain crops suitable for facing the expected environmental and social challenges. The number of plants allowed on the automated platforms, the multiplicity of the platforms’ sensors, and the number of treatments all contribute to the number of parameters used for the phenomic characterization of the studied genotypes. In particular, the resolution in data acquisition, both spatial and temporal, plays a crucial role in the accuracy and quality of the provided traits. Non-invasive imaging techniques in three dimensions are increasingly used and are continuously
developing to reach high spatial resolution of morphological traits at any plant organization level, from cells to canopy, by enhancing sensors, technologies, and acquisition configurations. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight the most recent applications of high-resolution phenotyping performed with the lab technologies of X-ray microCT (XRM), nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET), which provide 3D high-resolution images of the internal structure, water content, and functional properties of the plant organs and tissues (roots, seeds, stems, etc.), thus allowing new insights into plant phenotyping based on novel traits not obtainable with the standard high-throughput phenotyping platforms.
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