Bioinformatic and biometric methods in plant morphology

Surangi W. Punyasena, Selena Y. Smith

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Recent advances in microscopy, imaging, and data analyses have permitted both the greater application of quantitative methods and the collection of large data sets that can be used to investigate plant morphology. This special issue, the fi rst for Applications in Plant Sciences , presents a collection of papers highlighting recent methods in the quantitative study of plant form. These emerging biometric and bioinformatic approaches to plant sciences are critical for better understanding how morphology relates to ecology, physiology, genotype, and evolutionary and phylogenetic history. From microscopic pollen grains and charcoal particles, to macroscopic leaves and whole root systems, the methods presented include automated classifi cation and identifi cation, geometric morphometrics, and skeleton networks, as well as tests of the limits of human assessment. All demonstrate a clear need for these computational and morphometric approaches in order to increase the consistency, objectivity, and throughput of plant morphological studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1400071
JournalApplications in Plant Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • automation
  • charcoal shape
  • leaf shape
  • leaf venation
  • morphometrics
  • plant morphology
  • pollen classifi cation
  • root networks.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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