Quantification of Root Anatomical Traits in RGP Transgenic Maize Plants Based on Micro-CT

  • Xiaodi Pan
  • Liming Ma
  • Ying Zhang
  • Jinglu Wang
  • Jianjun Du
  • Xinyu GuoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 546)


The RGP transgenic plants show good resistance to drought especially reflected in corn yield. However, little is known about root traits which contribute to drought resistance. Here, we characterized root anatomy in the transgenic plants based on micro-CT scanning. Quantitative analysis of root anatomical traits showed that the drought-resistant RGP transgenic plants had larger root and stele cross-sectional areas in the fourth and the fifth whorls of nodal roots. The metaxylem vessel number and total area of metaxylem vessels was higher or larger in the fifth and the sixth whorls of nodal roots from RGP transgenic plants.


Maize roots Anatomical traits Drought Micro-CT 



This work was supported by Beijing Natural Science Foundation (5174033), Beijing Postdoctoral Research Foundation (2016 ZZ-66), Postdoctoral Research Foundation of Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (Postdoctoral Number: 157939).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaodi Pan
    • 1
  • Liming Ma
    • 1
  • Ying Zhang
    • 1
  • Jinglu Wang
    • 1
  • Jianjun Du
    • 1
  • Xinyu Guo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Beijing Key Lab of Digital Plant, Beijing Research Center for Information Technology in AgricultureBeijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry SciencesBeijingChina

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