The target of this project is to monitor plant organ growth in two dimensions at a very fine spatial scale by applying inkjet micropatterning technique. It was the first time that inkjet printing technology was applied to plant science studies.
We have successfully delivered landmarks on plant organs (e.g. ivy leaves and sweet pea petals) and achieved high-resolution, two-dimensional monitoring of organ growth at different growing stages.
Journal: Plant Methods, 7 (1): 1.
Date: January 25, 2011
Abstract: To apply inkjet micropatterning to plant studies, we have successfully delivered landmarks on ivy leaf surfaces and achieved high-resolution, two-dimensional monitoring of leaf expansion at different growing stages. The measurement is capable of reliably identifying the fine scale changes during plant growth. As well as delivering landmarks, this technology may be used to deliver microscale targeted biological components such as growth hormones, and possibly be used to pattern sensors directly on the leaves.