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LAI Modeling to Improve Kiwifruit Orchard Management

Michael Williams | March 16, 2022

This recent study combines many firsts to guide the management of kiwifruit orchards through precision agriculture. By focusing on leaf area index, choosing a precise estimation tool, the CI-110 Plant Canopy Imager, and including important textural information, the scientists aimed to discover and improve model prediction for monitoring growth and yield estimation in kiwifruit orchards.… Continue reading…

WEBINAR RECORDING: Plant Canopy Imager Live Training

Scott Trimble | March 10, 2022

Learn More | Request a Quote | Schedule a Consultation Plant canopy data is used extensively in crop optimization, forest productivity, and environmental research. Join Director of Applied Science Galen George for an in-depth, live training on the use and application of the CI-110 Plant Canopy Imager. We have designed this training to take you and your team from first use to a high level… Continue reading…

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2022 Guide to Plant and Crop Stress

Scott Trimble | February 23, 2022

Crop Stressors Stresses can be potentially harmful to plants, so crops either avoid or tolerate stress. Plants avoid stress through evolution over long periods. While stress tolerance is a short-term response regulated by genes to change plant biochemistry and metabolism. In agriculture, researchers develop new genotypes to either avoid or tolerate stress. Crops face two kinds… Continue reading…

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What Factors Affect Biomass Accumulation in Plants?

Scott Trimble | February 10, 2022

What is Biomass Accumulation? Biomass accumulation is often confused with productivity. Hence it is important to make a distinction between the two processes. Productivity is the result of photosynthesis. It is measured by photosynthetic rate and by considering the factors that affect it. Biomass accumulation is the change in biomass over time per unit area.… Continue reading…


Canopy Measurement of Urban Green Spaces for Temperature Moderation

Scott Trimble | January 27, 2022

In this sub-tropical research study, scientists examined the area and shape of parks, leaf area index, canopy density, and proximity to bodies of water. The study found one feature, above others, to be decisive in the cooling of urban spaces. Let’s dive in and explore their findings. The Experiment Suzhou Industrial Park, the site chosen… Continue reading…

Crop Water Use Efficiency Explained

Scott Trimble | December 30, 2021

What is Crop Water Use Efficiency? Generally, water use efficiency can be defined in many ways: economical, conveyance, or field application. These approaches focus on the management aspects of a crop and are important in farms, as they deal with investment, engineering, and soil characteristics that influence water supply to crops. More specifically, crop water… Continue reading…

Spectral Imaging and Disease Detection in Eggplant

Scott Trimble | December 2, 2021

Disease Detection in Eggplant A group of crop scientists, Srivastava, Roy, Kimothi, Kumar, Sehgal, Mamatha, and Ray wanted to find the vegetative indices and hyperspectral bands with which people could monitor diseases in eggplant, also known as brinjal. Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is the fourth most used fresh produce commodity in the world after potato, onion, and tomato.… Continue reading…

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Measuring Competition in Crop Plants: Mechanisms & Outcomes

Scott Trimble | November 30, 2021

Plant to Plant Competition Competition can be intraspecific (between members of a species) or interspecific (between species). In both cases, competition occurs for resources. Nutrients, water, and light are the common resources for which plants compete in space and time. While plants obtain light and some essential elements like carbon (C) and oxygen (O) from… Continue reading…

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Root Respiration: Importance and Applications

Scott Trimble | November 16, 2021

Definition of Root Respiration Plant respiration happens not only in the leaves, but also through the root system. In root systems, oxygen (O2) in soil pores diffuses into the root hairs and gets transported to all parts of the roots. Plant roots use photosynthates during respiration for their various functions, like nutrient uptake and maintaining… Continue reading…


Latest News in Plant and Crop Research: October 2021

Scott Trimble | October 29, 2021

Plant research is focused on physicochemical and biochemical attributes, as well as physiological processes to establish basic plant science. These are applied in crop research to improve productivity and also reduce the ecological footprint of conventional farming. Today, we give ten of this year’s latest discoveries in plant and crop science the “tl;dr” treatment, providing you with… Continue reading…

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