Information on the architecture of the actual plant is required for any 3D-plant model that aims at realistic simulations. The spatial properties of the plant, geometrical as well as topological, are required to parameterise and validate 3D plant models.
Such models simulate the 3D position and size of each individual organ within a given plant. These organs, i.e., stems, leaves, flowers, etc., have distinct colour and surface properties, which may be essential for a given species, variety or even mutant. Which methods exist that can acquire organ-specific 3D geometry, colour and texture, and how do they process and store the 3D information?
In the past, manual measurements and manual input into a database were used. Nowadays, imaging equipment is commercially available which is to a certain extent automated and stores the 3D data in a digital format. Here we list a number of 3D imaging systems that generate 3D images of objects (see submenu). Touch probes and profiling methods are being used by the VPN network.