GLO-Roots goes robotic!

Heike Lindner and Therese LaRue are starting to test a newly installed automated rhizotron-handling system for GLO-Roots.  The yet-to-be-named system was designed in collaboration with Modular Science, a Bay Area startup specializing in building robotic systems for biological research.  The system will enable automated delivery of plants to the GLO1 imaging system as well as automated determination of weight and addition of water, luciferin, saline solution, etc.  At max capacity, we will be able to image about 130 rhizotrons per day, which will enable us to conduct larger-scale experiments to understand the role of natural genetic variation in root system architecture and environmental responses.  Check out our teaser video of the system.