Length phenotyping with interest point detection

Adar Vit, Guy Shani, Aharon Bar-Hillel

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Plant phenotyping is the task of measuring plant attributes mainly for agricultural purposes. We term length phenotyping the task of measuring the length of a plant part of interest. The recent rise of low cost RGB-D sensors and accurate deep artificial neural networks provides new opportunities for length phenotyping. We present a general technique for length phenotyping based on three stages: object detection, point of interest identification, and a 3D measurement phase. We address object detection and interest point identification by training network models for each task, and develop a robust de-projection procedure for the 3D measurement stage. We apply our method to three real world tasks: measuring the height of a banana tree, the length and width of banana leaves in potted plants, and the length of cucumbers fruits in field conditions. The three tasks were solved using the same pipeline with minor adaptations, indicating the method's general potential. The method is stagewise analyzed and shown to be preferable to alternative algorithms, obtaining error of less than 10% deviation in all tasks. For leaves’ length and width, the measurements are shown to be useful for further phenotyping of plant treatment and mutant classification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105629
JournalComputers and Electronics in Agriculture
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Interest points detection
  • Length estimation
  • Plant phenotyping
  • RGB-D sensor

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Horticulture


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