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Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

The University of Adelaide Australia

Crop Plant Field Module


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The Crop Plant Field Module is an important part of validating controlled environment screening technologies and provides a powerful high throughput set of tools. The environmental conditions and plant performance in the field can be quantified with developing technologies like stereophotography, LIDAR, hyperspectral reflectance, leaf thermography, electrical root detection, sensor networks and other developing technologies. These technologies will be integrated into spatial, climatic and precision agricultural data bases by researchers across Australia. There is capability to validate GM plants in the field, while still adhering to regulatory requirements. GM plants were analysed last season at a field site and the study will continue this year. The Field Module utilises a number of technologies developed by the centre for field analysis such as The Phenomobile, Phenonet, Tethered Blimp and Phenotower.

This module is capable of conducting analysis into:

  • Non-destructive estimate of biomass and crop structure pre and post-canopy closure
  • Remote sensing of stress response, canopy water loss and photosynthetic response
  • Remote sensing of chemical composition : CHO, protein N, pigments over entire lifecycle
  • Application of distributed sensor networks for simultaneous continuous monitoring in the field (micromet plus low res versions of the above)
  • Non-destructive detection of water and root biomass at depth in soil

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Canopy Architecture, Biomass, Composition and Yield By Remote Sensing in the Field


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Roots and Water at Depth: GPR


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 Nondestructive Estimation of CHO and Protein by NIR Reflectance

field plot field phenotyping

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The Phenomobile

PhenomobileThe phenomobile was designed and developed by the HRPPC to integrate a range of remote sensing technologies for phenomics field studies. It integrates a spectral reflectance radiometer system (350-2500nm) for chemometrics studies, an infrared thermal-imaging system for monitoring canopy temperature and a stereo-imaging rig for 3D reconstruction of plots for measuring biomass accumulation over time and plot height. Data are geo-referenced with a 10-cm resolution GPS system and time-stamped at acquisition. The wheel base of the phenomobile is adjustable to accommodate different plot width. Sensors are all mounted on an arm adjustable in height (0.80 to 3.50 m) to vary the instantaneous field of view of the sensors. The phenomobile will be equipped this year with a ground penetrating radar for monitoring soil water content.