Field phenotyping of plant roots by electrical capacitance – a standardized methodological protocol for application in plant breeding: a Review

Tomáš Středa , Jan Haberle , Jana Klimešova , Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra , Hana Středová , Gernot Bodner , Oldřich Chloupek


Due to the absence of a suitable method and standardized procedures, the root systems of plants have been evaluated to a much lesser extent than aboveground organs. The aim of this article is (i) to provide a detailed description and thus standardization of an upgraded procedure of electrical capacitance measurement for evaluating the size of the root system of plants in situ, which allows for a reassessment to be made during the growing season and subsequent harvest of seeds for the planting of selected progenies, (ii) to demonstrate, through a standardized methodological protocol, the applicability of root electrical capacitance measurement as a field phenotyping method for the selection of superior root systems to improve crop abiotic stress tolerance and resource efficiency, (iii) to suggest a standardized methodological protocol for the application of electrical capacitance measurements in breeding nurseries, and (iv) to discuss the methodological aspects, development and limitations of this method. A methodological overview of the use of electrical capacitance to measure plant root systems, which emerged from working groups directed by the author of this unique method, is presented along with a standardized protocol. An overview of the application of electrical capacitance measurements of roots in breeding is shown along with some examples of successful applications.
Author Tomáš Středa
Tomáš Středa,,
, Jan Haberle
Jan Haberle,,
, Jana Klimešova
Jana Klimešova,,
, Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra (FoAaE / DoAaPP)
Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra,,
- Department of Agroecology and Plant Production
, Hana Středová
Hana Středová,,
, Gernot Bodner
Gernot Bodner,,
, Oldřich Chloupek
Oldřich Chloupek,,
Journal seriesInternational Agrophysics, ISSN 0236-8722, e-ISSN 2300-8725, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Englishroot system, drought tolerance, varieties, yield
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1111 Soil Science; 1507 Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes; 2312 Water Science and Technology
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); after publication
Field phenotyping of plant roots by electrical capacitance – a standardized methodological protocol for application in plant breeding: a Review of 11-03-2020
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.891; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.227 (2) - 2018=1.548 (5)
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FinansowanieThis work was funded by projects No. QK1920224 (2019- 2021) and QK1720285 (2017-2019) of the National Agency for Agricultural Research (NAZV).
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