Special Issue "High Throughput Methods in Monitoring Arabidopsis Thaliana Growth and Development"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Cell Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kristiina Himanen
Guest Editor
Department of Biosciences / Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Latokartanonkaari 7, PL 27, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
Interests: high-throughput phenotyping

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Arabidopsis is still one of the most important model plants. It has fully sequenced genomes, stock centers for genetic material and many well established research technologies available. One of the recent technologies under intensive development is high throughput, imaging sensor-based phenotyping. Phenotyping with multiple imaging sensors allows non-invasive monitoring of plant growth, development and physiological responses in time series over the whole plant life cycle. Digitization and automation of plant phenotyping is in many ways research enabling and allows significantly increasing the analysis throughput. High throughput methods facilitate plant phenomics approaches that assess phenotypes in different environments and in different genetic backgrounds. The available knowledge and resources of Arabidopsis allow integration of molecular omics data (genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) with the phenomics data. Such integrated omics analysis will expand our understanding of plant growth, development and responses with the environment. The Plants Special Issue of “High Throughput Methods in Monitoring Arabidopsis Thaliana Growth and Development” welcomes primary research papers and reviews addressing phenomics approaches, possibly in combination with molecular omics analysis, unraveling different aspects of Arabidopsis life cycle also in interaction with different environmental conditions.

Dr. Kristiina Himanen
Guest Editor

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Published Papers

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Planned Papers

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Title: A high throughput method to screen Botrytis cinerea symptoms in leaves of the genetic model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana
Authors: Mirko Pavicic; Kirk Overmyer; Kristiina Himanen
Affiliation: 1 Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; 2 Viikki Plant Science Centre; 3 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Program, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Abstract: Image-based symptom scoring of plant diseases is a powerful tool to associate resistance or susceptibility to different plant varieties or genotypes. Technological advances have enabled new imaging, image processing, and statistical techniques. Several tools are already available for the analysis of symptoms on leaves and fruits of large agricultural plants but almost none for small genetic model plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis). Arabidopsis and the model fungus Botrytis cinerea (Botrytis) form a potent model pathosystem for the identification of signalling pathways conferring immunity against this broad host-range necrotrophic fungal pathogen. Although many previous studies have used this system, there is no standardized procedure to make these studies comparable. Here we present an automated image-based method for the analysis of Botrytis-induced disease symptoms with high throughput potential. The method uses detached leaves and time resolved symptom tracking. A full work pipeline, from plant culture to data analysis, is described here.

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