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      Hyperspectral Canopy Sensing of Wheat Septoria Tritici Blotch Disease


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          Producing quantitative and reliable measures of crop disease is essential for resistance breeding, but is challenging and time consuming using traditional phenotyping methods. Hyperspectral remote sensing has shown potential for the detection of plant diseases, but its utility for phenotyping large and diverse populations of plants under field conditions requires further evaluation. In this study, we collected canopy hyperspectral data from 335 wheat varieties using a spectroradiometer, and we investigated the use of canopy reflectance for detecting the Septoria tritici blotch (STB) disease and for quantifying the severity of infection. Canopy- and leaf-level infection metrics of STB based on traditional visual assessments and automated analyses of leaf images were used as ground truth data. Results showed (i) that canopy reflectance and the selected spectral indices show promise for quantifying STB infections, and (ii) that the normalized difference water index (NDWI) showed the best performance in detecting STB compared to other spectral indices. Moreover, partial least squares (PLS) regression models allowed for an improvement in the prediction of STB metrics. The PLS discriminant analysis (PLSDA) model calibrated based on the spectral data of four reference varieties was able to discriminate between the diseased and healthy canopies among the 335 varieties with an accuracy of 93% (Kappa = 0.60). Finally, the PLSDA model predictions allowed for the identification of wheat genotypes that are potentially more susceptible to STB, which was confirmed by the STB visual assessment. This study demonstrates the great potential of using canopy hyperspectral remote sensing to improve foliar disease assessment and to facilitate plant breeding for disease resistance.

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                Front Plant Sci
                Front Plant Sci
                Front. Plant Sci.
                Frontiers in Plant Science
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                17 August 2018
                : 9
                : 1195
                [1] 1Crop Science Group, Institute of Agricultural Sciences , ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
                [2] 2Plant Pathology Group, Institute of Integrative Biology , ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
                [3] 3Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Strategic Research Division Plant Breeding , Agroscope, Nyon, Switzerland
                Author notes

                Edited by: Chunjiang Zhao, Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, China

                Reviewed by: Sébastien Saint-Jean, AgroParisTech Institut des Sciences et Industries du Vivant et de L'environnement, France; Conxita Royo, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Spain

                *Correspondence: Kang Yu kang.yu@ 123456alumni.ethz.ch

                This article was submitted to Technical Advances in Plant Science, a section of the journal Frontiers in Plant Science

                †Present Address: Kang Yu, KU Leuven, Remote Sensing & Terrestrial Ecology, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Leuven, Belgium

                Copyright © 2018 Yu, Anderegg, Mikaberidze, Karisto, Mascher, McDonald, Walter and Hund.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 31 October 2017
                : 26 July 2018
                Page count
                Figures: 9, Tables: 5, Equations: 3, References: 58, Pages: 17, Words: 10209
                Plant Science
                Original Research

                Plant science & Botany
                field-based phenotyping,hyperspectral remote sensing,partial least squares discriminant analysis,plant phenotyping,plant spectroscopy,resistance breeding,septoria tritici blotch,wheat disease


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