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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01184

Ramf: An open-source R package for statistical analysis and display of quantitative root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi

Marco Chiapello1, Debatosh Das2 and  Caroline Gutjahr2*
  • 1Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Italian National Research Council (IPSP-CNR), Italy
  • 2Weihenstephan Science Center for Food, Land Use and Environment, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Data analysis and graphical representation form an essential part of scientific research dissemination. The life-science community is moving towards a more transparent presentation of single data points or data distributions and away from mean-values displayed as bar charts. To facilitate transparent data display to the mycorrhiza community, we present “Ramf” an open-source R package for statistical analysis and preparation of a variety of publication-ready plots, custom-made for analyzing and displaying quantitative root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi or any kind of data to be displayed in the same format. Ramf replaces the scripting needed for data analysis and can be readily used by researchers not acquainted with R. In addition, the package is open to improvements by the community. Ramf is available at https://github.com/mchiapello/Ramf.

Keywords: r, Data Display, Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), root colonization, statistics

Received: 02 Jun 2019; Accepted: 29 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Chiapello, Das and Gutjahr. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Caroline Gutjahr, Weihenstephan Science Center for Food, Land Use and Environment, Technical University of Munich, Freising, 85354, Bavaria, Germany, caroline.gutjahr@tum.de