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Demystifying roots: a need for clarification and extended concepts in root phenotyping

Lobet, Guillaume; Paez-Garcia, Ana; Schneider, Hannah; Junker, Astrid; Atkinson, Jonathan A.; Tracy, Saoirse

Authors

Guillaume Lobet

Ana Paez-Garcia

Hannah Schneider

Astrid Junker

JONATHAN ATKINSON JONATHAN.ATKINSON@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Future Food Beacon:Technologist in Phenomics

Saoirse Tracy



Abstract

Plant roots have major roles in plant anchorage, resource acquisition and offer environmental benefits including carbon sequestration and soil erosion mitigation. As such, the study of root system architecture, anatomy and functional properties is of crucial interest to plant breeding, with the aim of sustainable yield production and environmental stewardship.

Due to the importance of the root system studies, there is a need for clarification of terms and concepts in the root phenotyping community. In particular in this contribution, we advocate for the use of a reference naming system (ontologies) for roots and root phenes. Such uniformity would not only allow better understanding of research results, but would also enable a better sharing of data. In addition, we highlight the need to incorporate the concept of plasticity in breeding programs, as it is an essential component of root system development in heterogeneous environments.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 25, 2018
Journal Plant Science
Print ISSN 0168-9452
Electronic ISSN 1873-2259
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Lobet, G., Paez-Garcia, A., Schneider, H., Junker, A., Atkinson, J. A., & Tracy, S. (2018). Demystifying roots: a need for clarification and extended concepts in root phenotyping. Plant Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.09.015
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.09.015
Keywords Root; Phenotyping; Plasticity; Ontology
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016894521730910X?via%3Dihub

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