Comparing 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose and [(68)Ga]gallium-citrate translocation in Arabidopsis thaliana.
2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((18)FDG) is a glucose surrogate commonly used in clinical or animal imaging but rarely in plant imaging to trace glucose metabolism. Recently, (18)FDG has been employed in plant imaging for studying photoassimilate translocation and glycoside biosynthesis. There is growing evidence that (18)FDG could be used as a tracer in plant imaging studies to trace sugar dynamics. However, to confirm this hypothesis, it was necessary to show that the observed (18)FDG distribution in an intact plant is an outcome of the chemical nature of the introduced radiotracer and not of the plant vascular architecture or radiotracer introduction method.