A unique and novel phenotyping platform will allow all farmers across the country to evaluate the performance of their crops. Moreover, they will be able to analyze the condition of the crops over a long period of time. The developers of this platform are of the opinion that this is technology that has never been witnessed before.
The term plant phenomics refers to the evaluation of plant growth, composition and performance. Through this extended study, experts are able to examine and later provide the correct atmosphere for crops to flourish. This platform, named ‘Field Explorer’ by its makers, was at first constructed with the aid of Crop Traits, Phenokey and the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), located at the University of Adelaide. Additionally, the organization Phenokey may be identified as a pioneer in the creation of phenotyping systems.
The Field Explorer utilizes hydraulically operated high-resolution imaging. This allows the device to gather accurate and consistent data throughout the day, irrespective of the external atmosphere. Therefore, this platform is able to collect dependable crop data regardless of the weather at any point during the day. In fact, those working in the APPF’s Technology and Development Department ensure that this platform is a revolutionary product that will plummet the world of plant phenomics to unparalleled heights.
The Field Explorer combines LiDAR, a laser version of sonar enabling 3D reconstruction of a plant canopy and used for biomass estimates, with visible near-infrared (VNIR) and short wave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imaging and high-resolution RGB imaging. Therefore, the technology that is used will work to measure invisible traits in crops, plant nutrient status and any form of disease symptoms. All in all, the Field Explorer provides farm owners the choice to assess critical information regarding their crops. This in turn allows them to take education decision in order to better their workspace.