X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanners have become essential equipment for human health research and diagnosis in hospitals around the world.

Now, scientists at The Plant Accelerator® (TPA), University of Adelaide node of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), in collaboration with the German Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and Dutch company PhenoKey, have successfully adapted the technology for plant research.

The resulting X-ray CT Scanner can provide high quality three-dimensional image data for the structural characteristics of cereal spikes, which is invaluable for assessing drought tolerance, heat stress, frost damage and other relevant traits in crop pre-breeding and breeding programs.

This new infrastructure has been funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) with co-investments from the University of Adelaide, the APPF, the University of South Australia, the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University and La Trobe University.

This is an excerpt from a story posted by the Australia Plant Phenomics Facility on 7/9/2022. Read the full story here. 

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