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Plant Screen Mobile: A mobile device app for plant trait analysis

Leaf area is one of the fundamental variables to quantify plant growth and physiological function and is therefore widely used to characterize genotypes and their interaction with the environment. With the development of Plant Screen Mobile (PSM) we provide a suitable smartphone solution for estimating proxies of leaf area and biomass in various imaging scenarios in the lab, greenhouse and in the field. This requires image segmentation of plant parts and background. Therefore the core of the application comprises different classification approaches. Beyond the estimation of projected leaf area the app can also be used to quantify color and shape parameters as well as to estimate the number of objects in an image (e.g. suitable for seed counting). PSM has been published in the software section of Plant Methods https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-019-0386-z. The datasets generated and/or analyzed during the current study are available in the e!DAL research data publication system, http://dx.doi.org/10.25622/FZJ/2018/1

PSMFigure: Sida plant imaged and segmented with PSM app (live screen)

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PSM runs on Android-based smartphones with Android Version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. The source code of PlantScreenMobile is hosted at https://jugit.fz-juelich.de/j.wilhelm/plantscreenmobile and licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL-3.0). PSM uses the OpenCV for Android SDK with all necessary files included in the app (installing the OpenCV Manager App is not necessary).


Acknowledgements:
This work was conducted within the framework of DPPN (German Plant Phenotyping Network), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (project identification number: 031A053). Cultivation and measurements in Eragrostis and banana was funded by GlobE BiomassWeb (BMBF: 031A258I).

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