Tropical Plant Pathology

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 398–400 | Cite as

Breaking down barriers between remote sensing and plant pathology

  • René H. J. HeimEmail author
  • Angus J. Carnegie
  • Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada
Letter to the Editor


A critical component for enhancing productivity and quality of food and fiber is the ability to quickly detect and monitor plant diseases in order to prevent or minimize losses to agricultural and forest products (Mahlein 2016). The earlier (prior to or at first symptoms) the diseases can be detected, the lower the risk of control failure or their spread to disease-free areas (Zarco-Tejada et al. 2018). Novel farming methods and tools have been proposed as a way to more precisely (temporally and spatially) deploy agrochemicals at the right dosage to the right target, thus helping to reduce the negative impacts on the environment, but to also reduce the risk of inadvertently developing chemical-resistant strains in the pathogen population due to chemical overuse (Mahlein et al. 2018). Currently, site-specific and advanced farming techniques are increasingly available, and their implementation is necessary to reduce agricultural expansion into native ecosystems and ensure...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Herbert Wertheim College of EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Forest Science, Department of Primary Industries - ForestryParramattaAustralia
  3. 3.School of Agriculture and Food, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Infrastructure EngineeringThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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