CI-600 In-Situ Root Imager

Portable, non-destructive root imaging for plant and crop research

Real-time root measurement for real results

Tracking changes to root systems is vital to understanding overall plant health, and with the In-Situ Root Imager, this data can be gathered consistently & non-destructively.


CI-600

Lightweight & portable

After installing root tubes in desired locations, simply transport the handheld scanner to each location to begin taking quick and easy measurements.

High-resolution scanner

The In-Situ Root Imager is capable of producing images of up to 23.5 million pixels, with a scan resolution of up to 600 DPI.

360° scans

Rotating the scanner in the tube produces live-updating 360° images of the surrounding roots and soil.

Eliminate image distortion

Scans are taken in a linear fashion, creating no image distortion to correct for later.

RootSnap!

Use our free software RootSnap! to quickly and easily calculate root parameters.

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Lightweight & portable

After installing root tubes in desired locations, simply transport the handheld scanner to each location to begin taking quick and easy measurements.

2

High-resolution scanner

The In-Situ Root Imager is capable of producing images of up to 23.5 million pixels, with a scan resolution of up to 600 DPI.

3

360° scans

Rotating the scanner in the tube produces live-updating 360° images of the surrounding roots and soil.

4

Eliminate image distortion

Scans are taken in a linear fashion, creating no image distortion to correct for later.

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RootSnap!

Use our free software RootSnap! to quickly and easily calculate root parameters.

More than 170+ published research papers using

root analysis.

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Non-destructive root scanning in the field

Included tablet
computer

Scanner operation in controlled via a provided, intel-powered Acer tablet with pre-installed specialty software.

One instrument,
unlimited locations

Work beyond the rhizotron box – install root tubes anywhere & generate measurements from unlimited locations.

High-resolution
root images

The In-Situ Root Imager is capable of producing images of up to 23.5 million pixels, with a scan resolution of up to 600 DPI.

Live-updating, 360° scans

Rotating the scanner in the tube produces live updating 360° images of the surrounding roots and soil.

Accurate root measurement

Be confident in your scan accuracy—the In-Situ Root Imager’s linear scanning
system creates no image distortion to correct for later.

RootSnap! software

Use our free software RootSnap! to quickly and easily calculate root parameters such as length, area, volume, diameter & branching angle.

  • Does this product come with a warranty?

  • All CID Instruments come with a 12-month warranty from the point of sale. The warranty covers repairing and replacing defective parts of the instrument that were manufactured directly by CID Bio-Science. The warranty does not cover wear and tear, neglect, misuse, accidents, or excessive deterioration. Further, repair and alteration by an unauthorized party voids the warranty. More information can be found in the operation manual of your instrument.

  • Is the CI-600 waterproof?

  • The CI-600 is not designed to be waterproof and should not be used underwater. The CI-600 is designed to be water-resistant. Use in light rain is fine, however, there are electronics inside of the instrument that can be damaged by water, so it is not recommended to use the CI-600 during heavy rainfall. Furthermore, it should be noted that the tablet provided with the CI-600 is not waterproof and a waterproof case would need to be purchased for use in wet conditions.

  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperatures?

  • You can use the CI-600 root imager in temperatures ranging from -5° C to 55° C.

  • What different types of researchers use the In-Situ Root Imager?

  • Crop, forestry, environmental, plant, climate, hydrology, and soil researchers all benefit enormously from the metrics that the In-Situ Root Imager provides.

  • Do I have to purchase RootSnap! separately?

  • No! RootSnap! software is free to all users of CID Bio-Science Root Imagers.

Have additional questions?

Click the link below to speak with one of our staff scientists about your specific application.

Specifications

Image Size 21.6 × 19.6 cm (8.5″ × 7.7″)
Scan Speed 30-480 seconds* depending on scanning resolution (100DPI-600DPI)
Image Resolution Up to 600 DPI
Computer Handheld tablet
Interface USB Cable
Scan Head Dimensions 34.3 cm long × 6.35 cm diameter

Scanner Unit Weight 750g
System Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10
Requirements 1GB Memory/RAM 1GHZ+ Processor
(Windows XP and Vista may work, however we are unable to provide technical support for users of these operating systems)

* Scan speeds for handheld tablet included with scanner. Scan speeds vary with device used to operate scanner.

Root Tube Dimensions

Inner Diameter 2.5 in (6.35cm)
Outer Diameter 2.75 in (7cm)
Wall Thickness 0.12 in (3.2mm)
Standard Length 41.3 in (105cm)

Get to know the CI-600 In-Situ Root Imager

Observing a root system throughout a plant’s life cycle is key to understanding overall plant behavior and health, and to improving crop performance.

Easily evaluating roots in the field

Non-destructive root images show a variety of features including root system architecture, timing of new growth or dormancy, root length or depth, mycorrhizal root tips, fungal infection, and parasites or nematode cysts.