June 22, 2018
Chinese scientists monitor wheat pests, diseases through remote sensing
Wheat pests and diseases can now be monitored through remote sensing. According to a report by Xinhua, Chinese scientists have released the first remote sensing monitoring report on wheat pests and diseases globally, providing references for early warning and solutions.
The report-conducted by scientists from the Vegetation Remote Sensing Research Team of the Aerospace Information Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences-showed the occurrence and development of typical wheat pests and diseases in 10 wheat production countries in the Northern Hemisphere, namely China, Russia, France, Turkey, Pakistan, the US, Germany, Iran, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom, during April and May.
Quantitative monitoring of major wheat pests and diseases, such as wheat rust, fusarium head blight and aphids, was conducted, including spatial distribution, damage levels and areas.
Huang Wenjiang, head of the scientists' team, said remote sensing could effectively and objectively monitor the occurrence and development of crop pests and diseases on a large scale with the help of high-resolution satellites.
"In the future, our team will release monitoring reports of pests and diseases for more crops including corn, rice and soybeans to provide support for agricultural production," Huang said, according to the Xinhua report.