Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Robotics Institute shows that high-resolution, time-lapse photography, such as GigaPan Time Machine, can help scientists study plant behavior over vast scales outside of the laboratory.
A research article by the USDA's Mary Nichols and co-author Randy Sargent of the CREATE Lab was published last fall in the journal Applications in Plant Sciences. The article noted that time lapse photography has been used for plant studies in the past, but only for a few plants at a time and usually in a lab setting. GigaPan Time Machine, they note, makes it possible to conduct study on a range of spatial scales, including an entire ecosystem.
Sargent led the development of GigaPan Time Machine.