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Phytomonitoring Applications in Irrigation Management

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 896-900 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8426)
Authors:   Luis A. Gurovich and Eduardo Gratacos
Keywords:   Phytomonitoring, Dendrology, Citrus, Kiwi, Avocado

The use of phytomonitoring equipment in Citrus, Kiwi and Avocado orchards in Chile is described. Plant growth and fruit development response to different irrigation strategies is analyzed, with actual data obtained from phytomonitors installed within the orchards. Continuous, real time monitoring of trunk, stem and fruit diameter, leaf temperature, stem sap flow velocity, soil moisture and microclimatic data (incident radiation, air temperature, wind conditions, relative humidity air) are made possible by using phytomonitoring sensors and special software. The use of phytomonitors in irrigation management represent a significant and comprehensive breakthrough in the evaluation of plant responses to soil water availability.

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