Flip-flop method: A new T1-weighted flow-MRI for plants studies

Buy Simon, Le Floch Simon, Tang Ning, Sidiboulenouar Rahima, Zanca Michel, Canadas Patrick, Nativel Eric, Cardoso Maida, Alibert Eric, Dupont Guillaume, Ambard Dominique, Maurel Christophe, Verdeil Jean-Luc, Bertin Nadia, Goze-Bac Christophe, Coillot Christophe. 2018. Flip-flop method: A new T1-weighted flow-MRI for plants studies. PloS One, 13 (3):e0194845, 14 p.

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Abstract : The climate warming implies an increase of stress of plants (drought and torrential rainfall). The understanding of plant behavior, in this context, takes a major importance and sap flow measurement in plants remains a key issue for plant understanding. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which is well known to be a powerful tool to access water quantity can be used to measure moving water. We describe a novel flow-MRI method which takes advantage of inflow slice sensitivity. The method involves the slice selectivity in the context of multi slice spin echo sequence. Two sequences such as a given slice is consecutively inflow and outflow sensitive are performed, offering the possiblility to perform slow flow sensitive imaging in a quite straigthforward way. The method potential is demonstrated by imaging both a slow flow measurement on a test bench (as low as 10 μm.s−1) and the Poiseuille's profile of xylemian sap flow velocity in the xylematic tissues of a tomato plant stem.

Classification Agris : F60 - Plant physiology and biochemistry
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
U30 - Research methods

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Buy Simon, Université de Montpellier (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Le Floch Simon, Université de Montpellier (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Tang Ning, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Sidiboulenouar Rahima, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Zanca Michel, UM2 (FRA)
  • Canadas Patrick, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Nativel Eric, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Cardoso Maida, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Alibert Eric, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Dupont Guillaume, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Ambard Dominique, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Maurel Christophe, INRA (FRA)
  • Verdeil Jean-Luc, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Bertin Nadia, INRA (FRA)
  • Goze-Bac Christophe, UM2 (FRA)
  • Coillot Christophe, Université de Montpellier (FRA) - auteur correspondant

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