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RootNav 2.0: Deep learning for automatic navigation of complex plant root architectures (2019)
Journal Article
Yasrab, R., Atkinson, J. A., Wells, D. M., French, A. P., Pridmore, T. P., & Pound, M. P. (2019). RootNav 2.0: Deep learning for automatic navigation of complex plant root architectures. GigaScience, 8(11), https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giz123

© The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press. BACKGROUND: In recent years quantitative analysis of root growth has become increasingly important as a way to explore the influence of abiotic stress such as high temperature and drought on... Read More about RootNav 2.0: Deep learning for automatic navigation of complex plant root architectures.

RootNav 2.0: Deep Learning for Automatic Navigation of Complex Plant Root Architectures (2019)
Journal Article
Yasrab, R., Atkinson, J. A., Wells, D. M., French, A. P., Pridmore, T. P., & Pound, M. P. (2019). RootNav 2.0: Deep Learning for Automatic Navigation of Complex Plant Root Architectures. GigaScience, 8(11), https://doi.org/10.1101/709147

We present a new image analysis approach that provides fully-automatic extraction of complex root system architectures from a range of plant species in varied imaging setups. Driven by modern deep-learning approaches, RootNav 2.0 replaces previously... Read More about RootNav 2.0: Deep Learning for Automatic Navigation of Complex Plant Root Architectures.

Recovering Wind-induced Plant motion in Dense Field Environments via Deep Learning and Multiple Object Tracking (2019)
Journal Article
Gibbs, J. A., Burgess, A. J., Pound, M. P., Pridmore, T. P., & Murchie, E. H. (2019). Recovering Wind-induced Plant motion in Dense Field Environments via Deep Learning and Multiple Object Tracking. Plant Physiology, 181, 28-42. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.19.00141

Understanding the relationships between local environmental conditions and plant structure and function is critical for both fundamental science and for improving the performance of crops in field settings. Wind-induced plant motion is important in m... Read More about Recovering Wind-induced Plant motion in Dense Field Environments via Deep Learning and Multiple Object Tracking.

Active Vision and Surface Reconstruction for 3D Plant Shoot Modelling (2019)
Journal Article
Gibbs, J., French, A., Murchie, E., Wells, D., Pound, M., & Pridmore, T. (2019). Active Vision and Surface Reconstruction for 3D Plant Shoot Modelling. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 1-1. https://doi.org/10.1109/TCBB.2019.2896908

Plant phenotyping is the quantitative description of a plant’s physiological, biochemical and anatomical status which can be used in trait selection and helps to provide mechanisms to link underlying genetics with yield. Here, an active vision- based... Read More about Active Vision and Surface Reconstruction for 3D Plant Shoot Modelling.

Identification of nitrogen-dependent QTL and underlying genes for root system architecture in hexaploid wheat (2019)
Other
Griffiths, M., Atkinson, J. A., Gardiner, L., Swarup, R., Pound, M. P., Wilson, M. H., …Wells, D. M. (2019). Identification of nitrogen-dependent QTL and underlying genes for root system architecture in hexaploid wheat

The root system architecture (RSA) of a crop has a profound effect on the uptake of nutrients and consequently the potential yield. However, little is known about the genetic basis of RSA and resource dependent response in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.... Read More about Identification of nitrogen-dependent QTL and underlying genes for root system architecture in hexaploid wheat.

Deep Hourglass for Brain Tumor Segmentation (2019)
Book Chapter
Benson, E., Pound, M. P., French, A. P., Jackson, A. S., & Pridmore, T. P. (2019). Deep Hourglass for Brain Tumor Segmentation. In BrainLes 2018: Brainlesion: Glioma, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injuries, 419-428. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-11726-9_37

The segmentation of a brain tumour in an MRI scan is a challenging task, in this paper we present our results for this problem via the BraTS 2018 challenge, consisting of 210 high grade glioma (HGG) and 75 low grade glioma (LGG) volumes for training.... Read More about Deep Hourglass for Brain Tumor Segmentation.

Plant phenotyping: an active vision cell for three-dimensional plant shoot reconstruction (2018)
Journal Article
PRIDMORE, T., Gibbs, J., Pound, M., French, A., Wells, D., & Murchie, E. (2018). Plant phenotyping: an active vision cell for three-dimensional plant shoot reconstruction. Plant Physiology, 178(2), 524-534. doi:10.1104/pp.18.00664

Three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated models of plants are urgently needed to support both phenotyping and simulation-based studies such as photosynthesis modelling. However, the construction of accurate 3D plant models is challenging as plants a... Read More about Plant phenotyping: an active vision cell for three-dimensional plant shoot reconstruction.

Uncovering the hidden half of plants using new advances in root phenotyping (2018)
Journal Article
Atkinson, J. A., Pound, M. P., Bennett, M. J., & Wells, D. M. (2019). Uncovering the hidden half of plants using new advances in root phenotyping. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 55, doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2018.06.002

Major increases in crop yield are required to keep pace with population growth and climate change. Improvements to the architecture of crop roots promise to deliver increases in water and nutrient use efficiency but profiling the root phenome (i.e.,... Read More about Uncovering the hidden half of plants using new advances in root phenotyping.

Deep learning for multi-task plant phenotyping (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Pound, M. P., Atkinson, J. A., Wells, D. M., Pridmore, T. P., & French, A. P. (2017). Deep learning for multi-task plant phenotyping

Plant phenotyping has continued to pose a challenge to computer vision for many years. There is a particular demand to accurately quantify images of crops, and the natural variability and structure of these plants presents unique difficulties. Recent... Read More about Deep learning for multi-task plant phenotyping.

Deep machine learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping (2017)
Journal Article
Pound, M. P., Atkinson, J. A., Townsend, A. J., Wilson, M. H., Griffiths, M., Jackson, A. S., …French, A. P. (2017). Deep machine learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping. GigaScience, 6(10), doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix083

In plant phenotyping, it has become important to be able to measure many features on large image sets in order to aid genetic discovery. The size of the datasets, now often captured robotically, often precludes manual inspection, hence the motivation... Read More about Deep machine learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping.

AutoRoot: open-source software employing a novel image analysis approach to support fully-automated plant phenotyping (2017)
Journal Article
Pound, M. P., Fozard, S., Torres Torres, M., Forde, B. G., & French, A. P. (2017). AutoRoot: open-source software employing a novel image analysis approach to support fully-automated plant phenotyping. Plant Methods, 13(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-017-0161-y

Background: Computer-based phenotyping of plants has risen in importance in recent years. Whilst much software has been written to aid phenotyping using image analysis, to date the vast majority has been only semi-automatic. However, such interaction... Read More about AutoRoot: open-source software employing a novel image analysis approach to support fully-automated plant phenotyping.

The Microphenotron: a robotic miniaturized plant phenotyping platform with diverse applications in chemical biology (2017)
Journal Article
Burrell, T., Fozard, S., Holroyd, G. H., French, A. P., Pound, M. P., Bigley, C. J., …Forde, B. G. (2017). The Microphenotron: a robotic miniaturized plant phenotyping platform with diverse applications in chemical biology. Plant Methods, 13(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-017-0158-6

Background Chemical genetics provides a powerful alternative to conventional genetics for understanding gene function. However, its application to plants has been limited by the lack of a technology that allows detailed phenotyping of whole-seedling... Read More about The Microphenotron: a robotic miniaturized plant phenotyping platform with diverse applications in chemical biology.

Image-based 3D canopy reconstruction to determine potential productivity in complex multi-species crop systems (2017)
Journal Article
Burgess, A. J., Retkute, R., Pound, M. P., Mayes, S., & Murchie, E. H. (in press). Image-based 3D canopy reconstruction to determine potential productivity in complex multi-species crop systems. Annals of Botany, 119(4), https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcw242

Background and Aims: Intercropping systems contain two or more species simultaneously in close proximity. Due to contrasting features of the component crops, quantification of the light environment and photosynthetic productivity is extremely difficu... Read More about Image-based 3D canopy reconstruction to determine potential productivity in complex multi-species crop systems.

The 4-Dimensional Plant: Effects of Wind-Induced Canopy Movement on Light Fluctuations and Photosynthesis (2016)
Journal Article
Burgess, A. J., Retkute, R., Preston, S. P., Jensen, O. E., Pound, M. P., Pridmore, T. P., & Murchie, E. H. (2016). The 4-Dimensional Plant: Effects of Wind-Induced Canopy Movement on Light Fluctuations and Photosynthesis. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7(1392), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.01392

Physical perturbation of a plant canopy brought about by wind is a ubiquitous phenomenon and yet its biological importance has often been overlooked. This is partly due to the complexity of the issue at hand: wind-induced movement (or mechanical exci... Read More about The 4-Dimensional Plant: Effects of Wind-Induced Canopy Movement on Light Fluctuations and Photosynthesis.

Approaches to three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoot topology and geometry (2016)
Journal Article
Gibbs, J., Pound, M. P., French, A. P., Wells, D. M., Murchie, E. H., & Pridmore, T. P. (2016). Approaches to three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoot topology and geometry. Functional Plant Biology, 44(1), 62-75. https://doi.org/10.1071/FP16167

There are currently 805 million people classified as chronically undernourished, and yet the World’s population is still increasing. At the same time, global warming is causing more frequent and severe flooding and drought, thus destroying crops and... Read More about Approaches to three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoot topology and geometry.

Deep Machine Learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping (2016)
Other
Pound, M. P., Burgess, A. J., Wilson, M. H., Atkinson, J. A., Griffiths, M., Jackson, A. S., …French, A. P. (2016). Deep Machine Learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping

Deep learning is an emerging field that promises unparalleled results on many data analysis problems. We show the success offered by such techniques when applied to the challenging problem of image-based plant phenotyping, and demonstrate state-of-th... Read More about Deep Machine Learning provides state-of-the-art performance in image-based plant phenotyping.

A patch-based approach to 3D plant shoot phenotyping (2016)
Journal Article
Pound, M. P., French, A. P., Fozard, J. A., Murchie, E. H., & Pridmore, T. P. (2016). A patch-based approach to 3D plant shoot phenotyping. Machine Vision and Applications, 27(5), 767-779. doi:10.1007/s00138-016-0756-8

The emerging discipline of plant phenomics aims to measure key plant characteristics, or traits, though as yet the set of plant traits that should be measured by automated systems is not well defined. Methods capable of recovering generic representat... Read More about A patch-based approach to 3D plant shoot phenotyping.

Three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoots from multiple images using an active vision system (2015)
Journal Article
Gibbs, J., Pound, M. P., Wells, D. M., Murchie, E. H., French, A. P., & Pridmore, T. P. (2015). Three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoots from multiple images using an active vision system

The reconstruction of 3D models of plant shoots is a challenging problem central to the emerging discipline of plant phenomics – the quantitative measurement of plant structure and function. Current approaches are, however, often limited by the use o... Read More about Three-dimensional reconstruction of plant shoots from multiple images using an active vision system.

High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Structural Data Quantify the Impact of Photoinhibition on Long-Term Carbon Gain in Wheat Canopies in the Field (2015)
Journal Article
Burgess, A. J., Retkute, R., Pound, M. P., Foulkes, J., Preston, S. P., Jensen, O. E., …Murchie, E. H. (2015). High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Structural Data Quantify the Impact of Photoinhibition on Long-Term Carbon Gain in Wheat Canopies in the Field. Plant Physiology, 169(2), 1192-1204. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.15.00722

Photoinhibition reduces photosynthetic productivity; however, it is difficult to quantify accurately in complex canopies partly because of a lack of high-resolution structural data on plant canopy architecture, which determines complex fluctuations o... Read More about High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Structural Data Quantify the Impact of Photoinhibition on Long-Term Carbon Gain in Wheat Canopies in the Field.

Quantification of fluorescent reporters in plant cells (2015)
Book Chapter
Pound, M., French, A. P., & Wells, D. M. (2015). Quantification of fluorescent reporters in plant cells. In Plant Cell Expansion: Methods and Protocols, 123--131. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-1902-4