Nemaplot hyperspectral data analysis and population modellingEvaluation reinvented


Agestructure of vine leaves in hyperspectal terms
Fig. 1: Hyperspectral signatures pattern with varying leaf ages

What makes the use of optical properties so fascinating?

The search for new traits or varieties and the testing new pesticides, fertilisers requires extensive lab, greenhouse and field experimentation. Treatment effects are frequently examined on different scales using the physiological conditions and properties of single plants and entire populations by destructive harvesting and lab analytics. These usual standard procedures are often labour and time consuming, cost intensive and use important resources. Results are often only available late after the end of the season following intensive post harvesting data preparation (e.g. dry matter, yield, grain size).

Hyperspectral Diagnosis
Fig. 2: Hyperspectral signatures of diseased leaves, domains up to 2500 nm
Nemaplot utilizes the optical properties of plants to address the classical question of whether differences exist between treatment and control. This method offers a non-destructive, repeatable and efficient way to detect experimental differences that are currently picked up by traditional methods. The reflectance of a leaf/plant (or any other object) in different wavelengths results in an unique and characteristic signature of this object, which either enables classification of treatment effect or, in case of a known object, can describe the condition of that object.

The spectrum summarises all events to which the crop has been exposed to during its growth and life processes. As the measurement characterises the individual plant or organ, variance are high, but on average the method highlights the induced treatment, as for example variety, phenotyping traits, abiotic stresses (salt, drought, ozone, etc.), fertiliser or pathogen impact.

We transform these individual spectra to a numerical vector by our patented procedure and introduce an arbitrary, but dimensionless scale based on canonical distances. The individual object (i.e. plant, leaf, meat or tissue, etc.) is characterised by the specific hyperspectral reflectance or alternatively by its frequency of model parameters. The discriminating power of this method is very high, especially as the complete spectral information is used, not only certain domains, as in the most commonly used indices. Even apparent similar spectra are comparable. This comparison is done with multivariate statistics. The end result is a set of statistical parameters that provide a rigorous answer to questions posed. Not only qualitative decisions are made, but, based on the canonical distance scale, also quantitative results are possible. (more details)

We deliver this unique type of analysis for your individual experimental data in time and with low extra cost.

This new method offers clear benefits in terms of the analytical resolution that can be obtained but also the real time nature that data can be gathered and the results analysed. Check the performances of your trials early and fast. Control and manage your treatments at the onset of your treatment effects. As the hyperspectral reflectance technology allows high-throughput measurements and repeatability, more advanced experiments are possible and the dynamics of your treatments can be examined more intensive and even before visually noticeable.

Detailed background information of the underlying experiments are not required, anonymity of your data is guaranteed.

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