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Method and apparatus to image biological interactions in plants

United States Patent

December 22, 2015
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A method to dynamically image the actual translocation of molecular compounds of interest in a plant root, root system, and rhizosphere without disturbing the root or the soil. The technique makes use of radioactive isotopes as tracers to label molecules of interest and to image their distribution in the plant and/or soil. The method allows for the study and imaging of various biological and biochemical interactions in the rhizosphere of a plant, including, but not limited to, mycorrhizal associations in such regions.
Weisenberger; Andrew (Yorktown, VA), Bonito; Gregory M. (Durham, NC), Reid; Chantal D. (Durham, NC), Smith; Mark Frederick (Catonsville, MD)
13/ 970,314
August 19, 2013
The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention under Management and Operating Contract No. DE-AC05-84ER 40150 from the Department of Energy.