Jump to main content
Jump to site search


3D-Printed seed planter and well array for high-throughput seed germination screening

Author affiliations

Abstract

Seed germination is an important means of evaluating seed quality. In the present study, a well array for a seed germination experiment was designed and fabricated by 3D printing for the first time. Each hollow cone-shaped well can hold one seed, which not only prevented the seed from falling out of the well but also ensured that part of the seed was fully exposed to the sublayer of wet filter paper, allowing it to receive water for germination. Coupled with a 3D-printed seed planter, single seeds can be quickly placed into arrayed wells. Moreover, the number of sprouts could be automatically obtained from image analysis, which greatly improved the efficiency of the entire experiment. In summary, the high-throughput, easy-to-use seed germination well array that we have developed has been shown to have potential applications in botanical seed research and agricultural production.

Graphical abstract: 3D-Printed seed planter and well array for high-throughput seed germination screening

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 13 Oct 2017, accepted on 30 Nov 2017 and first published on 01 Dec 2017


Article type: Technical Innovation
DOI: 10.1039/C7IB00178A
Citation: Integr. Biol., 2018, Advance Article
  •   Request permissions

    3D-Printed seed planter and well array for high-throughput seed germination screening

    H. H. Chai, Y. Lu, C. Fang, Y. D. Li, Y. J. Kang, C. M. Li and L. Yu, Integr. Biol., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7IB00178A

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements