Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 14, 733–749, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-733-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 733–749, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-733-2017

Research article 15 Feb 2017

Research article | 15 Feb 2017

Remote sensing of plant trait responses to field-based plant–soil feedback using UAV-based optical sensors

Bob van der Meij et al.

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Plant–soil feedback (PSF) is an important mechanism to explain plant performance in natural and agricultural systems but is hard to quantify in field experiments. We used unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based optical sensors to test whether PSF effects on plant traits can be quantified remotely. We show that PSF effects in the field occur and alter several important plant traits that can be sensed remotely and quantified in a non-destructive way at high resolution using UAV-based optical sensors.
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