In this third episode of our series of CAPTE videos, Alexis from Hiphen asks Professor Frédédric Baret from INRA EMMAH to provide an overview of the remote sensing technology for plant phenotyping.

Professor Baret explains that there are different types of sensors that can be mounted on various vehicles, showing that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution but rather a range of technology suitable for different traits, applications, crops, budgets, etc.


A wide range of sensors


Among the sensors presented in this episode, you will hear about the RGB or multipsectral cameras such as the Airphen camera developed by Hiphen and CAPTE members. These cameras present a range of advantages from high-resolution images that help to characterize the structure of the canopy, plant organs and detect diseases, all the way to assessing the biochemical composition of the plants - such as its chlorophyll content. LiDAR is also used to reconstruct in 3D the structure of the canopy in order to derive important traits such as plant height.

In parallel, these sensors can be mounted onto various vehicles from UAV (drones) to automated robots - called Phenomobile and handheld devices such as "Literal". As highlighted in this video, these vehicles present different strength and weaknesses. For instance, while UAV allows us to reach very high-throughput, the resolution it renders can vary from medium to high resolution. In contrast, a Phenomobile provides very high resolution and very accurate measurements, while being able to adapt to various environmental conditions thanks to its embedded flashes.


Tailor made sensors selection for each project


At Hiphen, our philosophy is that remote sensing technology for plant phenotyping has to be tailor made to your project. So, your application will require either one type of system, or a combinaison of sensors and vehicles. This really depends on your crop, the traits you are interested in, etc. That is why we always put forward our expertise in data fusion, and the range of technology, hardware and equipment that we offer our clients will continue to evolve as technology and methods keep improving.





Should you wish to learn more about our solutions can best support your business, please get in touch by email at Lastly, feel free to consult our scientific papers archive that contains tones of information about phenotyping technology and methods we developed over the past years at CAPTE.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Your Hiphen Team.