FLEX takes on mutants
Radoslaw Juszczak from the Poznań University of Life Sciences in Poland explained, “Chlorophyll-deficient plants have similar photosynthetic rates as their green counterparts.
“But, indeed, they pose a challenge for conventional reflectance-based remote sensing methods to estimate photosynthesis.”
Since FLEX takes a different approach by measuring the fluorescence that plants give off as they photosynthesise, plant colour will no longer be an obstacle.
Nevertheless, field experiments are needed to confirm that this is the case.