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Ability of Modified Spectral Reflectance Indices for Estimating Growth and Photosynthetic Efficiency of Wheat under Saline Field Conditions

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Department of Plant Production, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt
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Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University, Kafr El Sheikh 33516, Egypt
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Evaluation of Natural Resources Department, Environmental Studies and Research Institute, University of Sadat City, Menoufia 32897, Egypt
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Department of Biology, College of Science and Humanities at Quwayiah, Shaqra University, Riyadh 11961, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Agricultural Botany, Faculty of Agriculture, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt
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Agronomy 2019, 9(1), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy9010035
Received: 6 December 2018 / Revised: 9 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 16 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Farming Sustainability)
Hyperspectral sensing offers a quick and non-destructive alternative for assessing phenotypic parameters of plant physiological status and salt stress tolerance. This study compares the performance of published and modified spectral reflectance indices (SRIs) for estimating and predicting the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of two wheat cultivars exposed to three salinity levels (control, 6.0, and 12.0 dS m−1). Results show that individual SRIs based on visible- and near-infrared (VIS/VIS, NIR/VIS, and NIR/NIR) estimate and predict measured parameters considerably more efficiently than those based on shortwave-infrared (SWIR/VIS and SWIR/NIR), with the exception of some modified indices (the water balance index (WABI-1(1550, 482), WABI-2(1640, 482), and WABI-3(1650, 531)), normalized difference moisture index (NDMI(1660, 1742)), and dry matter content index (DMCI(1550, 2305)), which show moderate to strong relationships with measured parameters. Overall results indicate that modified SRIs can serve as rapid and non-destructive high-throughput alternative approaches for tracking growth and photosynthetic efficiency of wheat under salt stress field conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: phenomics; phenotyping salt stress; stomatal conductance; subsurface water retention technique; vegetation indices; water indices phenomics; phenotyping salt stress; stomatal conductance; subsurface water retention technique; vegetation indices; water indices
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El-Hendawy, S.; Al-Suhaibani, N.; Dewir, Y.H.; Elsayed, S.; Alotaibi, M.; Hassan, W.; Refay, Y.; Tahir, M.U. Ability of Modified Spectral Reflectance Indices for Estimating Growth and Photosynthetic Efficiency of Wheat under Saline Field Conditions. Agronomy 2019, 9, 35.

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