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New technology sheds light on crop tissues

Posted: Thursday, Apr 25th, 2013

Courtesy - ARS plant physiologist Andrew McElrone has developed a way to create three-demensional views of xylem tubes-vessels that deliver water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves in plants – using CAT scan technology.

DAVIS, Calif. – A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in California has opened a window into the vascular networks of a number of crops by adapting computed tomography (CT) scan technology to the study of plants.

Andrew McElrone, a plant physiologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Davis, Calif., is using the technology to study how water and pathogens move through a plant’s vascular tissue called xylem.

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