Optical Imaging Resources for Crop Phenotyping and Stress Detection

Phatchareeya Waiphara, Cyril Bourgenot, Lindsey Compton, Ankush Prashar*

*Corresponding author for this work

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With a rapidly increasing population, diminishing resource availability, and variation in environment, there is a need to change agricultural production to deliver long-term food security. To deliver such change, we need crops that are productive and tolerant to different stress factors. The traditional methods of obtaining data for phenotyping under field conditions, e.g., for morphological traits such as canopy structure or physiological traits such as plant stress-related traits, are laborious and time-consuming. A variety of imaging tools in the visible, spectral, and thermal infrared ranges allow data collection for quantitative studies of complex traits and crop monitoring. These tools can be used on crop phenotyping and monitoring platforms for high-throughput assessment of traits in order to better understand plant stress responses and the physiological pathways underlying yield. The applications and brief review of these imaging techniques are described and discussed in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Responses in Plants
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsPaula Duque, Dóra Szakonyi
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781071622971
ISBN (Print)9781071622964, 9781071622995
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Royal Thai Government, for funding Phatchareeya Waiphara PhD. In addition, this chapter is an advancement on the previous chapter ?Asses-sing Drought Responses Using Thermal Infrared Imaging? published in the previous edition of ?Environmental Responses in Plants.?

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Multispectral and hyperspectral sensing
  • Plant stress
  • Spectral imaging
  • Thermal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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