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An image-analysis technique for accurate counting of pollen on stigmas
Year:
1997
Source of publication :
New Phytologist
Authors :
Gan-Mor, Samuel
;
.
Ronen, Benjamin
;
.
Vaknin, Yiftach
;
.
Volume :
137
Co-Authors:
Bechar, A., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Gan-Mor, S., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Vaknin, Y., Department of Botany, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Shmulevich, I., Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel
Ronen, B., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Eisikowitch, D., Department of Botany, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
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From page:
639
To page:
643
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Total pages:
5
)
Abstract:
Pollen counting is an important element of research in pollination, and the majority of current methods involve manual counting. An image-processing technique has been developed for accurate counting and sizing of small particles, and this was tested on almond pollen grains. Our automatic process was found to be several times faster than manual counting and more accurate, with an average error of only 3%. Because of its simplicity, it is an attractive tool for research on such topics as pollen viability or germination. It was found that in the methods using vials there were 'residues' of c. 17% on the vial walls and on the handling tools. In addition, the first drop from each vial contained, on average, 1.65 times more grains than the average number of grains in all drops, whereas the last drop from each vial contained fewer grains than the average. This phenomenon was correlated with the non-uniform pollen distribution in the suspension. An automatic counting system is therefore, recommended, to avoid the problem, otherwise a calibration procedure should be used that accounts for both the residues on the tools and the non-uniformity of contents of sample drops.
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DOI :
10.1046/j.1469-8137.1997.00867.x
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Scopus
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Language:
English
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30192
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An image-analysis technique for accurate counting of pollen on stigmas
137
Bechar, A., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Gan-Mor, S., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Vaknin, Y., Department of Botany, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Shmulevich, I., Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel
Ronen, B., Inst. of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Eisikowitch, D., Department of Botany, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
An image-analysis technique for accurate counting of pollen on stigmas
Pollen counting is an important element of research in pollination, and the majority of current methods involve manual counting. An image-processing technique has been developed for accurate counting and sizing of small particles, and this was tested on almond pollen grains. Our automatic process was found to be several times faster than manual counting and more accurate, with an average error of only 3%. Because of its simplicity, it is an attractive tool for research on such topics as pollen viability or germination. It was found that in the methods using vials there were 'residues' of c. 17% on the vial walls and on the handling tools. In addition, the first drop from each vial contained, on average, 1.65 times more grains than the average number of grains in all drops, whereas the last drop from each vial contained fewer grains than the average. This phenomenon was correlated with the non-uniform pollen distribution in the suspension. An automatic counting system is therefore, recommended, to avoid the problem, otherwise a calibration procedure should be used that accounts for both the residues on the tools and the non-uniformity of contents of sample drops.
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