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Seed Shape Description and Quantification by Comparison with Geometric Models

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Horticulturae 2019, 5(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae5030060
Received: 21 May 2019 / Revised: 30 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 19 August 2019
Modern methods of image analysis are based on the coordinates of the points making the silhouette of an image and allow the comparison between seed shape in different species and varieties. Nevertheless, these methods miss an important reference point because they do not take into consideration the similarity of seeds with geometrical figures. We propose a method based on the comparison of the bi-dimensional images of seeds with geometric figures. First, we describe six geometric figures that may be used as models for shape description and quantification and later on, we give an overview with examples of some of the types of seed morphology in angiosperms including families of horticultural plants and addressing the question of how is the distribution of seed shape in these families. The relationship between seed shape and other characteristics of plant species is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: geometric curves; J index image analysis; morphology; seed; shape geometric curves; J index image analysis; morphology; seed; shape
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Cervantes, E.; Martín Gómez, J.J. Seed Shape Description and Quantification by Comparison with Geometric Models. Horticulturae 2019, 5, 60.

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