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Application of X-ray computed tomography in soil and plant -a review

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Ghosh, T., Maity, P. P., Rabbi, S. M. F., Das, T. K. and Bhattacharyya, R. (2023) Application of X-ray computed tomography in soil and plant -a review. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 11 . ISSN 2296-665X

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2023.1216630

Publisher URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenvs.2023.1216630


X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) is a non-destructive method of soil analysis which can provide three-dimensional (3D) view, quantitative information of the internal organization of the soil. In this paper, we discuss the potential application of X-ray CT in characterization of soil properties like porosity and pore size distribution (PSD), root architecture, soil phase classification, water and solute transport in soil, and highlight the research during last 10–15 years. Here, we review the recent development of X-ray CT in soil science, use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in image analysis, point out the major challenges associated with its use, discuss few improvements to overcome these difficulties and elaborate the possible future technological developments for non-invasive/destructive soil characterization by integrating X-ray CT with recently available complementary techniques.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Keywords:Bulk density,machine learning,organic carbon,Pore size distribution,root morphology,Synchrotron
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soil conservation and protection
Technology > Technology (General) > Spectroscopy
Live Archive:06 Mar 2024 04:17
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 04:18

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