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Satellite Images: Detecting Vegetation Health through Fluorescence

ESA potential satellite to map fluorescence

A potential new ESA satellite could use the fluorescence in plants to track health and productivity of vegetation worldwide. A likely candidate for the eighth ESA Earth Explorer, the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) would thus provide data for global maps of vegetation.

Fluorescence gives an indication of a plant's health as it is emitted during the photosynthetic process. Measuring fluorescence is however challenging. ESA elaborates: "In fact, for years it was a challenge to detect this relatively small glow outside of the laboratory and over agricultural fields and forests."

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Wed, 12/02/2014 - 11:03

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Founded in 1862, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

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Mozambique National Directorate of Agrarian Services (DNSA)

IIAM, Mozambique's Institute of Agricultural Research, is part of the Ministry for Agriculture of Mozambique. It is mainly involved in disaster management activities through the provision of important baseline data sets. This includes a national soil map as well as information on land suitability for crops. A strong link exists between FEWS NET and IIAM/DNSA where the required data is provided for the early warning system.

Website MINAG: http://www.minag.gov.mz/

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Togo

Agriculture is one of the main drivers of Togo’s economy, but the steep drop in global cotton prices in recent years dealt a blow to many farmers. The rates of food insecurity and vulnerability are really high, as well as the country’s risk to natural disasters and the lack of income diversification. FAO works with governments to build up infrastructures, promote sustainable agricultural practices and improve farmers’ access to technical assistance, training, credit and markets.

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Arab Society for Plant Protection

The Arab Society for Plant Protection (ASPP) is a non-profit professional and scholarly organization of scientists from both public and private academic institutions, as well as industry representing a great variety of scientists who are involved in the field of plant protection in the Arab World and abroad. The society promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities related to pests, provides science-based information to the public and private sectors and fosters awareness of pests and their impacts on arable and natural ecosystems.

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Locust Control Center

The Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) was established under Article XIV within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

The development of the agriculture is very important for the success of the Sudan’s aims to reduce poverty, increase the economic growth and achieve a sustainable development in the country. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for implementing policies that allow a sustainable development, ensure food and fight against poverty.

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NASU-NSAU forecasts winter wheat yield in Ukraine for 2012

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office (RSO) in Ukraine, the Space Research Institute NASU-NSAU, has elaborated an operational forecast of the winter wheat yield in Ukraine for 2012 using Earth Observation Data. Due to the winter kill effect, many areas of winter wheat in southern regions of Ukraine have been damaged in the last year. These regions could be identified with satellite imagery. The obtained results were delivered the Department of Agriculture of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center and Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

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Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology

The Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka is in charge of providing services pertaining to Meteorology, Aeronautical Meteorology, Ocean Meteorology, Hydro Meteorology, Agricultural Meteorology, Climatology and Astronomy to government agencies, the private sector and the general public.

Website: http://www.meteo.slt.lk/

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Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

The mission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is to realize the potential of the agricultural, water and forestry sectors towards the promotion of an efficient and sustainable socio-economic development for a prosperous Namibia.

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