Below: Field measurements by the research team from HyperSens Remote Sensing laboratory.
benefit analysis of variable water and nutrients applications correcting for the effects of soil types, and actual needs of trees, given varying ages, dimensions and vigor. This method will help farm uniformity in terms of yield and nuts quality. “We know it is challenging to identify and quantify tree-level stress in orchards with the complexity of tree crowns in such extensive areas. However, it is interesting to link the response of stress to the spectral plant traits for individual trees. It is our pleasure to contribute in adopting new technologies that inform water and nutrient management to help reduce the environmental impact of the sector by decreasing the use of resources and the contamination of soil and water”, Anne says.
This research is part of a network of projects under the umbrella of the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC). The Centre has offices in Mildura and is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and SuniTAFE and has the four focal areas of water, horticulture, energy and the environment. Anne is the Centre’s inaugural recipient of the McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation Women in STEM PhD scholarship.