AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR MONITORING, ESTIMATION AND PREDICTING THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF PLANTS IN VITRO
The paper discusses approaches to solving the problems of accurate and objective registration and estimation of the growth and development of plants (and its individual parts) depending on the composition of nutrient media and various stages of development grown in vitro, which allows to obtain high-quality virus-free planting material. Manual measurements of plant parameters could violate the microclimate in vitro formed for the optimal plants development, causing serious errors due to the influence of human factors, and in addition, requires to handle a lot of information. The problems above could be solved by building an automated system based on modern information technologies, methods and tools for modeling. Existing various hardware and software systems for photographing plants and evaluating their morphometric parameters do not take into account the in vitro conditions. Photos of plants in vitro could have a condensate layer and various glass defects and distortions. In this paper, proposed prototype of an automated system, the main aim of which is to collect plants photos and calculate plants morphometric parameters with taking into account in vitro conditions.