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In Applications in plant sciences ; h5-index 0.0

Premise : When plants are exposed to stress conditions, irreversible damage can occur, negatively impacting yields. It is therefore important to detect stress symptoms in plants, such as the accumulation of anthocyanin, as early as possible.

Methods and Results : Twenty-two regression models in five color spaces were trained to develop a prediction model for plant anthocyanin levels from digital color imaging data. Of these, a quantile random forest regression model trained with standard red, green, blue (sRGB) color space data most accurately predicted the actual anthocyanin levels. This model was then used to noninvasively monitor the spatial and temporal accumulation of anthocyanin in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves.

Conclusions : The digital imaging-based nature of this protocol makes it a low-cost and noninvasive method for the detection of plant stress. Applying a similar protocol to more economically viable crops could lead to the development of large-scale, cost-effective systems for monitoring plant health.

Askey Bryce C, Dai Ru, Lee Won Suk, Kim Jeongim


anthocyanin, digital color imaging, early stress detection, machine learning