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Semi-automated root image analysis software

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SmartRoot is a semi-automated image analysis software which streamlines the quantification of root growth and architecture for complex root systems.

The software combines a vectorial representation of root objects with a powerful tracing algorithm which accommodates to a wide range of image source and quality.

The software supports a sampling-based analysis of root system images, in which detailed information is collected on a limited number of roots selected by the user according to specific research requirements.

SmartRoot is an operating system independent freeware based on ImageJ and uses cross-platform standards (XML, SQL, Java) for communication with data analysis softwares.

To cite us:

Guillaume Lobet, Loïc Pagès and Xavier Draye. A Novel Image Analysis Toolbox Enabling Quantitative Analysis of Root System Architecture. 2011 Plant Physiology, Vol. 157

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  • Wide range of image type and quality
  • All plant species
  • Mature root systems
  • Time-series
  • Actions on several traced roots
  • Basic plot generator
  • SQL database export
  • CSV export
  • Various types of root annotations
  • Platform-independent
  • ImageJ plugin


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Intended Audience

Science/Research, Agriculture

User Interface

Java AWT

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