Quantification of Stromule Frequencies in Microscope Images of Plastids Combining Ridge Detection and Geometric Criteria

Birgit Möller, Martin Schattat

Abstract

Plastids are involved in many fundamental biochemical pathways in plants. They can produce tubular membrane out-folds from their surface. These so-called stromules have initially been described over a century ago, but their functional role is still elusive. To identify cellular processes or genetic elements underlying stromule formation screens of large populations of mutant plants or plants under different treatments are carried out and stromule frequencies are extracted. Due to a lack of automatic methods, however, this quantification is usually done manually rendering this step a main bottleneck in stromule research. Here, we present a new approach for quantification of stromule frequencies. Plastids are extracted from microscope images using local wavelet analysis over multiple scales combined with statistical hypothesis testing to resolve competing detections from different scales. Subsequently, for each plastid region evidence for the existence of stromules in its vicinity is investigated applying ridge detection techniques and geometric criteria. Experimental results prove that our approach is suitable to properly identify stromules. Even in microscopy images with a high noise level and distracting signals extracted stromule counts are comparable to those of biological experts.

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Möller B. and Schattat M. (2019). Quantification of Stromule Frequencies in Microscope Images of Plastids Combining Ridge Detection and Geometric Criteria.In Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: BIOIMAGING, ISBN 978-989-758-353-7, pages 38-48. DOI: 10.5220/0007390300380048


in Bibtex Style

@conference{bioimaging19,
author={Birgit Möller and Martin Schattat},
title={Quantification of Stromule Frequencies in Microscope Images of Plastids Combining Ridge Detection and Geometric Criteria},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: BIOIMAGING,},
year={2019},
pages={38-48},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007390300380048},
isbn={978-989-758-353-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: BIOIMAGING,
TI - Quantification of Stromule Frequencies in Microscope Images of Plastids Combining Ridge Detection and Geometric Criteria
SN - 978-989-758-353-7
AU - Möller B.
AU - Schattat M.
PY - 2019
SP - 38
EP - 48
DO - 10.5220/0007390300380048