Zhang, R., Koh, S. S., Teo, M. J. T., Bi, R., Zhang, S., Dev, K., Urano, D., Dinish, U. S., & Olivo, M. (2022). Handheld Multifunctional Fluorescence Imager for Non-invasive Plant Phenotyping. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2022.822634
Fluorescence imaging has shown great potential in non-invasive plant monitoring and analysis. However, current systems have several limitations, such as bulky size, high cost, contact measurement, and lack of multifunctionality, which may hinder its applications in a wide range of settings including indoor vertical farming. Herein, we developed a compact handheld fluorescence imager enabling multipurpose plant phenotyping, such as continuous photosynthetic activity monitoring and non-destructive anthocyanin quantification. The compact imager comprises of pulse-amplitude-modulated multi-color light emitting diodes (LEDs), optimized light illumination and collection, dedicated driver circuit board, miniaturized charge-coupled device camera, and associated image analytics. Experiments conducted in drought stressed lettuce proved that the novel imager could quantitatively evaluate the plant stress by the non-invasive measurement of photosynthetic activity efficiency. Moreover, a non-invasive and fast quantification of anthocyanins in green and red Batavia lettuce leaves had excellent correlation (&gt;84%) with conventional destructive biochemical analysis. Preliminary experimental results emphasize the high throughput monitoring capability and multifunctionality of our novel handheld fluorescence imager, indicating its tremendous potential in modern agriculture.
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This research is supported by core funding from: A*STAR, BMRC Central Research Fund
Grant Reference no. : UIBR 2021
This research / project is supported by the A*STAR - Industry Alignment Fund Pre-positioning Program
Grant Reference no. : H19E4a0101