Natural Resources, School of


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Published in Remote Sensing for Agriculture and the Environment (2004), edited by S. Stamatiadis, J.M. Lynch and J.S. Schepers. Copyright 2004, Peripheral Editions (Ella, Greece). Used by permission.


Leaf pigment content provides valuable information about the physiological status of plants. Reflectance measurement makes it possible to quickly and non-destructively assess, in situ, the pigment content in leaves. The objective was to investigate the spectral behavior of the relationship between reflectance and pigment content (total chlorophyll, carotenoids and anthocyanins, which are the main pigments of leaves, and provide valuable information about plant physiological status) and to develop techniques for non-destructive pigment estimation in leaves using reflectance in a few spectral bands.