Keeping a watchful eye on crops -๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ“ก- Focus on non-invasive plant imaging technologies

๐Ÿ“š PHENOTYPING – activity or process of determining, analyzing, or predicting all or part of an organism’s characteristic or trait (phenotype).

๐Ÿšœ Field applications (including aerial and ground-based cameras and sensors) include a variety of technologies for the estimation of yield and field performance of crops over large geographic areas.

๐Ÿก Indoor applications comprised of fixed systems and handheld devices that could be used to:
– measure plant growth rate,
– estimate shoot & root morphological traits & biomass,
– detect crop stress,
– measure physiological and biochemical traits,
– study the viability of seeds.

๐Ÿ”Ž A different types of captured data provide a comprehensive evaluation of specific crop traits:
โ€ข Colour RGB images -> Plant morphology, relative chlorophyll content, pathogenic lesions, seed yield, agronomic traits
โ€ข Near IR imaging -> Tissue & soil water content
โ€ข Far IR imaging -> Canopy & leaf temperature, water use efficiency, salt tolerance
โ€ข Hyperspectral imaging -> Carbohydrates, pigments & protein content
โ€ข FTIR Imaging Spectroscopy -> Cellular localization of metabolites (sugars, protein, aromatics)
โ€ข Fluorescence imaging -> Photosynthesis efficiency

๐Ÿ“ท Image: Overview of non-invasive imaging technologies applicable in plant phenotyping (image byย Content Farmers; based on Nguyen et al. 2022).

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