The Rootchip

An integrated microfluidic chip for plant Science

Guido Grossmann, Woei-Jiun Guo, David W. Ehrhardt, Wolf B. Frommer, Rene V. Sit, Stephen R. Quake, Matthias Meier

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Abstract

Studying development and physiology of growing roots is challenging due to limitations regarding cellular and subcellular analysis under controlled environmental conditions. We describe a microfluidic chip platform, called RootChip, that integrates live-cell imaging of growth and metabolism of Arabidopsis thaliana roots with rapid modulation of environmental conditions. The RootChip has separate chambers for individual regulation of the microenvironment of multiple roots from multiple seedlings in parallel. We demonstrate the utility of The RootChip by monitoring time-resolved growth and cytosolic sugar levels at subcellular resolution in plants by a genetically encoded fluorescence sensor for glucose and galactose. The RootChip can be modified for use with roots from other plant species by adapting the chamber geometry and facilitates the systematic analysis of root growth and metabolism from multiple seedlings, paving the way for large-scale phenotyping of root metabolism and signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4234-4240
Number of pages7
JournalPlant Cell
Volume23
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

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Microfluidics
Seedlings
Growth
Plant Roots
metabolism
Galactose
Arabidopsis
Fluorescence
environmental factors
seedlings
Glucose
galactose
root growth
physiology
Arabidopsis thaliana
image analysis
fluorescence
sugars
phenotype
glucose

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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Grossmann, G., Guo, W-J., Ehrhardt, D. W., Frommer, W. B., Sit, R. V., Quake, S. R., & Meier, M. (2011). The Rootchip: An integrated microfluidic chip for plant Science. Plant Cell, 23(12), 4234-4240. https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.111.092577
Grossmann, Guido ; Guo, Woei-Jiun ; Ehrhardt, David W. ; Frommer, Wolf B. ; Sit, Rene V. ; Quake, Stephen R. ; Meier, Matthias. / The Rootchip : An integrated microfluidic chip for plant Science. In: Plant Cell. 2011 ; Vol. 23, No. 12. pp. 4234-4240.
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