NMR microimaging studies of the union between stock and scion
In this study we demonstrate the applicability of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) microimaging in examining the efficiency of grafting coniferous plants. Grafting is a method of propagating plants. It is used mainly in gardening. In some cases it is the only possible way to propagate certain varieties (e.g., apple varieties). The biology of grafting is not well investigated yet. Therefore we have decided to take advantage of the magnetic resonance imaging techniques in order to estimate which of the commonly used grafting methods gives the best quality unions. Results of our experiment indicate that the quality of union depends very much on the grafting method. NMR images give more information about the graft than microscopic images. We hope that our technique can select the best way to prepare plants for grafting and indicate average time of union process.
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