NONDESTRUCTIVE WATER IMAGING BY NEUTRON BEAM ANALYSIS IN LIVING PLANTS

Citation
Tm. Nakanishi et M. Matsubayashi, NONDESTRUCTIVE WATER IMAGING BY NEUTRON BEAM ANALYSIS IN LIVING PLANTS, Journal of plant physiology, 151(4), 1997, pp. 442-445
Citations number
5
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Plant Sciences
Journal title
ISSN journal
0176-1617
Volume
151
Issue
4
Year of publication
1997
Pages
442 - 445
Database
ISI
SICI code
0176-1617(1997)151:4<442:NWIBNB>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Analysis of biological activity in intact cells or tissues is essentia l to understand many life precesses. Techniques for these in vivo meas urements have not been well developed. We present here a nondestructiv e method to image water in living plants using a neutron beam. This te chnique provides the highest resolution for water in tissue yet obtain able. With high specificity to water, this neutron beam technique imag es water movement in seeds or in roots imbedded in soil, as well as in wood and meristems during development. The resolution of the image at tainable now is about 15 mu m. We also describe how this new technique will allow new investigations in the field of plant research.