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CI-602 Narrow Gauge Root Imager

A New Minirhizotron System Compatible with 2-inch Diameter Tubes!

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

The CI-602 Narrow Gauge Root Imager is a minirhizotron system that captures non-destructive, high-resolution, digital images of living roots in soil over multiple growing seasons. Compatible with root tubes measuring two inches in diameter, the CI-602 gives users the ability to work within new and existing tube installations.

The CI-602 is a durable and lightweight minirhizotron that is easy to transport to any field location and can be used in sites with root tubes across a range of treatments or conditions. Our free root analysis software, RootSnap!, quickly and easily calculates parameters including root length, area, volume, diameter & branching angle.

  • High-resolution scanner head
  • White calibration tube
  • Collapsible indexing handle for consistent, repeatable measurements throughout each tube
  • Six 1-meter clear acrylic tubes included with scanner package
  • Handheld tablet computer preloaded with CI-602 operational software, as well as RootSnap! Image Analysis Software

This minirhizotron root scanning system takes non-destructive, high-resolution digital colour images of roots, root hairs, and mycorrhizae in the soil, enabling observation of root growth and behaviour over time. The CI-602 can service multiple durable, acrylic access tubes for measurements throughout multiple growing seasons.

Image size: 21.59 cm x 18 cm (8.5″ x 7.1″)
Scan speed: ~30 seconds (depending on selected resolution)
Image resolution: Up to 1200 DPI
Computer: Surface Pro 4 tablet
Interface: USB Cable, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Scanner head dimensions 35.9 cm long x 4.6 cm diameter
(14.125″ x 1.8″)
Control box dimensions: 18 cm x 7.5 cm x 5 cm (7.125” x 3” x 2”)
Tablet dimensions: 29.21 cm x 20.14 cm x .83 cm (11.50” x 7.93” x .33”)
Total weight: 1950g or 4.3lbs
Inner diameter: 5 cm (2″)
Outer diameter: 5.7 cm (2.25″)
Wall thickness: 3.2 mm (.125″)
Standard length: 105 cm (41.3″)