ZA3 3D imaging of sugar beet in natural soils using MRI-PET
Dr. Dagmar van Dusschoten
IBG-2 Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich [Homepage]
Biotic and abiotic stresses may damage above- and belowground plants parts and thereby reduce the sugar beet yield. The yield relevant parts of the sugar beet plants are located belowground and their current status cannot be as-sessed by the naked eye. Non-invasive imaging techniques for monitoring the beet during the whole vegetation period may therefore produce important data about the development of the plant. Phenotyping of the belowground organs of sugar beet plants shall be used for gathering important information on the cur-rent status of the plants during breeding of sugar beet. The aim of the subpro-ject ZA3 is the 3D-MRI/PET characterization of the architecture and xylem- and phloem flow of current sugar beet genotypes and their chronological develop-ment especially under abiotic stress conditions.