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Shared genetic control of root system architecture between Zea mays and Sorghum bicolor (Plant Physiol)

Root research got a boost from Arabidopsis grown on Petri plants, but what do you do if you study something bigger, or want to see how roots grow in soil? Zheng et al. developed a new set of tools they call CREAMD-COFE [Core Root Excavation using Compressed-air (to extract the roots from soil), and Core…

Local and Global Root Growth Dynamics in Maize

Jiang et al. use time-lapse 3D imaging, computer vision, and mathematical modeling to quantify root system architecture. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00015  By Ni Jiang and Christopher Topp, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center   Background: Root systems are the literal foundations…