RhizoVision Explorer

Noble Institute


Measured variables length, surface, shape, count, convex-hull
Operating system windows
Licence open-source, freeware
Automation level automated
Plant requirements any
Export formats csv
Other information

Scientific article(s)

RhizoVision Crown: An Integrated Hardware and Software Platform for Root Crown Phenotyping
Anand Seethepalli,Haichao Guo,Xiuwei Liu,Marcus Griffiths,Hussien Almtarfi,Zenglu Li,Shuyu Liu,Alina Zare,Felix B. Fritschi,Elison B. Blancaflor,Xue-Feng Ma,Larry M. York
Plant Phenomics, 2020 View paper

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RhizoVision Explorer is free and open-source software developed for estimating root traits from images acquired from a flatbed scanner or camera. The software is designed to enable more and more people to study roots, including you! Root images are expected to have a high contrast of roots with the background, homogenous lighting, and minimal overlapping of roots. The software is built in C++ for speed and stability, using QT for the graphical user interface and OpenCV for image processing. Traits extracted by RhizoVision Explorer have been extensively validated using a physical copper wire ground truth image set, thousands of simulated roots, and comparisons with other image analysis software. The default “Broken Roots” mode is meant for roots washed out from soil cores or pots that are disconnected and provides length, volume, branching frequency, among other features, with the ability to bin measurements based on diameter thresholds. The “Whole Root” mode extracts additional root system architecture features of more intact root systems, especially excavated root crowns or rhizoboxes, such as the convex hull, angles, and holes. The software supports multiple regions of interest, batch mode, and user-defined export of processed images with overlaid features for use in reports.

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