A project studying photosynthesis-related activity and fluorescence in a bid to develop an ‘early warning system’ for plant disease.
Using smart imaging techniques, scientists at the University of Plymouth are hoping the Fluorescence Imaging for Nutrition and Disease (FIND) initiative will make it easier to spot yield-sapping fungal and bacterial pathogens earlier that has traditionally been the case.
Having such a head-start compared with existing diagnostic techniques means growers could identify diseased plants, then potentially remove or treat them before more plants are infected.
Such developments could raise crop yields and lower fungicide use, contributing to the drive for efficient, sustainable food production.
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