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番茄辣椒微型根系形态原位采集系统设计与实现

鲁伟1 汪小旵1,2 王凤杰1

(1.南京农业大学工学院, 南京 210031)
(2.江苏省现代设施农业技术与装备工程实验室, 南京 210031)

【摘要】为实时获取浅根系作物的根系生长形态, 设计了一种可用于多点测量的微型根系形态实时原位采集系统。系统主要由微型摄像头和光学放大元件等组成 (体积1.5 cm3) , 采集的图像通过无线模块发送至终端。采用基于区域生长的根系图像分析方法, 以腐蚀图像为出发点, 膨胀图像为终止点, 结合相似性准则进行区域生长、区域标记和区域保留, 来滤除土壤孔隙和杂质等对图像产生的干扰, 从而提取根系轮廓, 并通过图像形态学计算得到根长密度、根系平均直径等形态参数。以此系统采集樱桃番茄、辣椒根系形态参数, 试验结果表明, 根系长度测定值的绝对误差不超过1.5 mm, 相对误差不超过5.3%;根系平均直径绝对误差不超过0.09 mm, 相对误差不超过6.7%。与土壤采样法测定值相比, 在010、>1020、>2030和>3040 cm 4个土壤层内2种测定方法根系平均直径决定系数R2>0.87 (P<0.01) , 根长密度在30 cm深度以内的土壤层决定系数R2>0.81 (P<0.01) 。证明本文设计的微型根系形态实时原位采集系统具有较高的准确性, 可用于浅根系作物形态的多点观测。

【关键词】 形态;算法;测量;根系形态;微型根系形态采集系统;多点采集;实时获取;区域生长算法;

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【基金资助】 国家重点研发计划项目 (2016YFD0200602-4) ; 江苏省农业科技自主创新资金项目 (CX (16) 1002) ;

Design and validation of in situ micro root observation system for tomato and pepper

LU Wei1 WANG Xiaochan2 WANG fengjie

(1.College of Engineering, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China 210031)
(2.Jiangsu Province Engineering Laboratory for Modern Facilities Agricultural Technology and Equipment, Nanjing, China 210031)

【Abstract】Being the principal organ to absorb water and nutrition, roots plays a very important role in the growth of plants. Since roots usually grow in soil that is invisible to us, it is very difficult to detect root morphology in real time or to study on it over a long period of time, especially for shallow-root plants. In order to acquire the root morphological characteristics in real time, a kind of in situ micro root observation system was proposed and designed. The system was composed mainly of micro camera, optical amplifiers, and adjustable lighting device, and its whole volume was only 1.5 cm3. The captured images were sent to the terminal (mobile phone or personal computer) via the wireless module for later image processing. The images of root were always with low quality affected by complicated soil environment (soil pores, obstacles, and moisture), which could not be eliminated with simple image processing method such as median filter and mean filter algorithm. In order to filter out these interferes to the image, the method of regional growth was used to extract root images. First, the image was corroded and expanded by 3 × 3 structural elements to acquire the start point and the end point of the algorithm, where the corrosion image was determined as the start point, and the expansion image as the end point. Then, the processing of regional growth was carried out by similarity criteria (grayscale difference less than 20), and the regions including soil pore structure, moisture, and other obstacles were formed. These regions were marked and numbered, and distinguished by the threshold (the threshold 50 pixel was determined by trial and error). At last, the root regions were kept, and the soil pore structure, moisture and other obstacles were deleted by filtering. The kept root regions were further processed by skeleton extraction based on maximum circle to calculate the root length, diameter and other parameters. Non-in situ test was carried out to test the accuracy of the designed system. The result showed that the system was able to capture the images with high accuracy (the maximum absolute errors of root length and average diameter were less than 1.5 mm and 0.09 mm, respectively, and the maximum relative errors of root length and average diameter were less than 5.3% and 6.7%, respectively). In situ experiment was then carried out by arranging micro root observation systems in different positions and depths into soil around roots. Calibration of micro root observation system was made by comparing with soil samples. The results of in situ monitoring showed that the micro root observation system could dynamically observe the growth of shallow root in multiple points. The determination coefficient of average diameter was more than 0.87 in all soil depths (0–10, > 10–20, > 20–30 and > 30–40 cm; relative error less than 10.4%). The determination coefficient of root length density within 30 cm was over 0.81 (relative error less than 13.5%). This micro root observation system could dynamically acquire the root morphology in multiple spots fast and accurately, which would provide reliable data for plant nutrition, plant physiology and ecology.

【Keywords】 morphology; algorithm; measurements; root morphology; micro root observation system; multi-point acquisition; real-time acquisition; regional growth algorithm;

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【Funds】 National Key Research and Development Plan Project (2016YFD0200602-4); Jiangsu Agricultural Science and Technology Independent Innovation Fund Project [CX(16)1002];

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ISSN:1002-6819

CN: 11-2047/S

Vol 34, No. 22, Pages 12-18

November 2018

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Abstract

  • 0 Introduction
  • 1 Design and working principles of micro root observation system
  • 2 Root image processing and morphological calculation
  • 3 Experiment and analysis
  • 4 Conclusions and discussion
  • References