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Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology
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Root Phenomics-New Windows to Understand Plant Performance and Increase Crop Productivity

Michael Gomez Selvaraj1 Satoshi Ogawa1,2 Manabu Ishitani1*
1International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), A.A. 6713, Cali, Colombia, USA
2 Department of Global Agriculture Science, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
 
Corresponding Author : Manabu Ishitani
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Cali, Colombia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 26, 2013; Accepted October 21, 2013; Published October 28, 2013
Citation: Selvaraj MG, Ogawa S, Ishitani M (2013) Root Phenomics-New Windows to Understand Plant Performance and Increase Crop Productivity. J Plant Biochem Physiol 1:116. doi: 10.4172/2329-9029.1000116
Copyright: © 2013 Selvaraj MG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Roots with ideal characteristics are important for sustaining crop yields, particularly when plants are grown in soils with inadequate water and nutrients [1-4]. Understanding the development of roots and their interaction with the soil environment is vital to manipulate the root traits, and ultimately, the food security [5]. For instance, rice has a significant level of genetic variation in root traits [6-9], that can be harnessed for improving its adaptation to abiotic stresses. However, genetic improvement of root systems through phenotypic selection at the breeding level is impractical due to complexity in phenotyping root traits [3,10,11].

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