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Recent Advances in Radioisotope Imaging Technology for Plant Science Research in Japan

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Department of Radiation-Applied Biology Research, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292, Japan
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Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
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Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan
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Quantum Beam Sci. 2019, 3(3), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/qubs3030018
Received: 5 July 2019 / Revised: 2 August 2019 / Accepted: 16 August 2019 / Published: 25 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ion Beams in Biology and Medicine)
Soil provides most of the essential elements required for the growth of plants. These elements are absorbed by the roots and then transported to the leaves via the xylem. Photoassimilates and other nutrients are translocated from the leaves to the maturing organs via the phloem. Non-essential elements are also transported via the same route. Therefore, an accurate understanding of the movement of these elements across the plant body is of paramount importance in plant science research. Radioisotope imaging is often utilized to understand element kinetics in the plant body. Live plant imaging is one of the recent advancements in this field. In this article, we recapitulate the developments in radioisotope imaging technology for plant science research in Japanese research groups. This collation provides useful insights into the application of radioisotope imaging technology in wide domains including plant science. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant science; element kinetics; radioisotopes; radioisotope imaging; real-time radioisotope imaging system (RRIS); positron emitting tracer imaging system (PETIS) plant science; element kinetics; radioisotopes; radioisotope imaging; real-time radioisotope imaging system (RRIS); positron emitting tracer imaging system (PETIS)
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Suzui, N.; Tanoi, K.; Furukawa, J.; Kawachi, N. Recent Advances in Radioisotope Imaging Technology for Plant Science Research in Japan. Quantum Beam Sci. 2019, 3, 18.

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