Hyperspectral Imaging Cameras in Rapid Detection and Potential Diagnosis of Agricultural Crop Threats

By Alexandre Fong, Director, Hyperspectral Imaging, HinaLea Imaging and Mark Hsu, Director of Product Development

Remote monitoring of crops via satellites using color cameras was the earliest form of spectral imaging in agricultural management. Due to limited capabilities, only basic plant health parameters could be reported. The advent of hyperspectral imaging systems has presented the industry with the potential ability to not only monitor plant health, but also to detect potential plant pathogens. A new, dynamically adjustable and cost effective hyperspectral imaging technology is introduced as a tool for early identification and prevention of spread of such diseases to mitigate crop losses.