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Advances in sensor technology for sustainable crop production


Dr Craig Lobsey is Lecturer in Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is Chair of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) Working Group on Proximal Soil Sensing (WG-PSS). Dr Lobsey leads a research team within the University’s Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems with a focus on sensor technology to improve our understanding and optimisation of agricultural systems. He currently leads the ‘New sensors for measuring soil nutrients’ Project in the Soil Performance Metrics Program of the Soil CRC, Australia’s largest collaborative soil research initiative with over 40 partners. He has published widely in the area of proximal sensors, including guest editing a special issue of the journal Sensors on ‘Proximal Soil Sensing’. Dr Asim Biswas is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. Dr Biswas is the Vice-Chair of the IUSS WG-PSS and is an Associate Editor of seven journals, including the Soil Science Society of America Journal, the Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Vadose Zone Journal, Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Soils, Frontiers in Water, and Sensors. The winner of several early career researcher awards, Dr Biswas is internationally known for his research on data-driven sustainable soil management.



Publication date:

24 January 2023

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786769770

Hardback - £145.00
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With the agricultural sector facing mounting pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, greater emphasis has been placed on improving existing components and practices, such as soil health and biodiversity, which have since emerged as key components to achieving regenerative agriculture.

Sensors provide the opportunity to measure crop and soil health at unparalleled scales and resolution. Key developments in sensor technology will help improve our current understanding and optimisation of the complex agricultural systems that make up our global ecosystem.

Advances in sensor technology for sustainable crop production provides a comprehensive review of the wealth of research on key developments in sensor technology to improve monitoring and management of crop health, soil health, weeds and diseases. This collection also reviews advances in proximal and remote sensing techniques to monitor soil health, such as spectroscopy and radiometrics, as well as how sensor technology can be optimised for more targeted irrigation, site-specific nutrient and weed management.

Key features

  • Assesses key developments in sensor technology to improve monitoring and management of complex agricultural systems 
  • Considers the growing influence of proximal crop sensors in assessing, monitoring and measuring the health of agricultural soils 
  • Explores the potential of remote and aerial sensing towards achieving sustainable crop production through more targeted irrigation management, site-specific nutrient management and weed management

What others are saying...

“Much of future innovation in crop production will revolve around digital agriculture – the collection, management, interpretation and application of data. Sensor technology is a key component of this future. Thus it is exciting to see this collection about the application of sensors in sustainable crop production from these highly knowledgeable authors. This will be an important reference for students, researchers and practitioners applying sensors in crop production systems.”(Dr Richard B. Ferguson, Professor and International Soil Scientist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)

Table of contents

Part 1 Advances in remote sensing technologies
1.Advances in remote/aerial sensing of crop water status: Wenxuan Guo, Texas Tech University, USA;
2.Advances in remote/aerial sensing technologies to assess crop health: Michael Schirmann, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Germany;
3.Advances in remote/aerial sensing techniques for monitoring soil health: Jeff Walker, Monash University, Australia;

Part 2 Advances in proximal sensing technologies
4.Advances in using proximal spectroscopic sensors to assess soil health: Kenneth A. Sudduth, USDA-ARS, USA;
5.Advances in using proximal ground penetrating radar (GPR) sensors to assess soil health: Katherine Grote, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA;
6.Using proximal electromagnetic/electrical resistivity (ER)/electrical impedance spectroscopy sensors to assess soil health and water status: Alain Tabbagh, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France;
7.Using GPR to map and improve soil drainage systems for improved crop yields: Barry Allred, USDA-ARS, USA;

Part 3 Advances in sensor data analytics
8.Advances in machine vision technologies for the measurement of soil texture, structure and topography: Jean-Marc Gilliot, AgroParisTech, France;
9.Using machine learning to identify and diagnose crop diseases: Megan Long, John Innes Centre, UK;
10.Advances in proximal sensor fusion/multi-sensor platforms for improved crop management: David Franzen, North Dakota State University, USA;
11.Advances in integrating remote and proximal sensor data for precision agriculture applications: Luciano Shiratsuchi, Louisiana State University, USA;