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27 August 2008 Airborne hyperspectral imaging for the detection of powdery mildew in wheat
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Plant stresses, in particular fungal diseases, show a high variability in spatial and temporal dimension with respect to their impact on the host. Recent "Precision Agriculture"-techniques allow for a spatially and temporally adjusted pest control that might reduce the amount of cost-intensive and ecologically harmful agrochemicals. Conventional stressdetection techniques such as random monitoring do not meet demands of such optimally placed management actions. The prerequisite is an accurate sensor-based detection of stress symptoms. The present study focuses on a remotely sensed detection of the fungal disease powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis) in wheat, Europe's main crop. In a field experiment, the potential of hyperspectral data for an early detection of stress symptoms was tested. A sophisticated endmember selection procedure was used and, additionally, a linear spectral mixture model was applied to a pixel spectrum with known characteristics, in order to derive an endmember representing 100% powdery mildew-infected wheat. Regression analyses of matched fraction estimates of this endmember and in-field-observed powdery mildew severities showed promising results (r=0.82 and r2=0.67).
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Jonas Franke, Thorsten Mewes, and Gunter Menz "Airborne hyperspectral imaging for the detection of powdery mildew in wheat", Proc. SPIE 7086, Imaging Spectrometry XIII, 708609 (27 August 2008);

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