Localized Multispectral Crop Imaging Sensors Engineering & Validation of a Cost Effective Plant Stress and Disease Sensor

Bruce Grieve, Deniz Gurkan (Editor), Salvatore Baglio (Editor)

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    Close proximity hyperspectral and multispectral imaging of crops and soils offers significant potential to optimize sustainable intensification of arable produce and seeds breeding, through the real-time precision management of plant pathogens, viruses and pests and the non-destructive high throughput screening for beneficial crop traits. These opportunities have been recently reported and are the subject of ongoing R&D within industry and academia. The broad uptake of the technology by large commercial end-users, through integration with in-field and glasshouse machinery, is limited by cost and equipment reliability. It is further restricted by spectral and spatial resolution, power budget and size, when extending its applicability to consumer markets and small-holder farmers. This study verifies, for the first time, that multispectral sensor systems architectures, exploiting proprietary narrowband LEDs and silicon C-MOS imaging detectors, are capable of substituting for conventional and more expensive line-scanning hyperspectral imaging systems when operated in close proximity (c. 1-2m) of a crop canopy. This was achieved by comparing the data from a prototype version of the new LED-sensor system versus a reference laboratory hyperspectral imaging unit, which was previously developed for crop phenotyping, and the early detection of two fungal pathogen borne diseases in whole barley and sugar beet plants. The choice of crops and diseases replicates earlier studies, with the reference hyperspectral unit, and serves to demonstrate the generic applicability of the new LED-sensor system to cereal and tuber classes of crops. The results indicate that the new approach can deliver data of comparable quality to that of the reference system, for in-field duties, and offers the opportunity for higher sensitivity and spatial resolution. Future potential to apply the new multispectral, LED-based system within commercial products is then discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE 2015 Sensors Applications Symposium
    EditorsDeniz Gurkan, Salvatore Baglio
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, New Jersey, USA
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2015
    EventIEEE 2015 Sensors Applications Symposium - Bože Peričića 14, 23000 Zadar, Croatia
    Duration: 11 Apr 201515 Apr 2015


    ConferenceIEEE 2015 Sensors Applications Symposium
    CityBože Peričića 14, 23000 Zadar, Croatia


    • hyperspectral, crop, agriculture, disease, fungal pathgen, barley, sugar beet, stress, sensor, instrument


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