(sorry the installation is booked out)
The minirhizotrons provide quantitative data on the root system during the whole life cycle of 100 barley, wheat plants grown in soil. This setup is located in greenhouse and consists of controlled watering and RGB imaging system with digital cameras for photography of transparent cylinders from different side views and bottom. Transparent tubes are installed into the soil of the cylinders and roots growing around these tubes can be imaged by borescope. By combination of the two imaging procedures the Root Surface Area (RSA) is captured with high coverage. The analysis of root traits on the basis of minirhizotron images is accomplished by using various software packages.
The rhizoboxes or rhizotubes are constructed for imaging root system architecture (RSA) of young, seeding stage of cereal plants in soil (200-300). The setup is located in phytotron.The preset water content of the soil allows analysis of drought stress responses on the basis of the morphology and growth kinetics of roots monitored by RGB imaging. The system can be combined with microscopic facilities for identification of cell division or physiological parameters.