8 March 2013 GammaScorpion: mobile gamma-ray tomography system for early detection of basal stem rot in oil palm plantations
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Detection of the oil palm stem rot disease Ganoderma is a major issue in estate management and production in Malaysia. Conventional diagnostic techniques are difficult and time consuming when using visual inspection, and destructive and expensive when based on the chemical analysis of root or stem tissue. As an alternative, a transportable gamma-ray computed tomography system for the early detection of basal stem rot (BSR) of oil palms due to Ganoderma was developed locally at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Kajang, Malaysia. This system produces high quality tomographic images that clearly differentiate between healthy and Ganoderma infected oil palm stems. It has been successfully tested and used to detect the extent of BSR damage in oil palm plantations in Malaysia without the need to cut down the trees. This method offers promise for in situ inspection of oil palm stem diseases compared to the more conventional methods.
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Jaafar Abdullah, Jaafar Abdullah, Hearie Hassan, Hearie Hassan, Mohamad R. Shari, Mohamad R. Shari, Salzali Mohd, Salzali Mohd, Mahadi Mustapha, Mahadi Mustapha, Airwan A. Mahmood, Airwan A. Mahmood, Shahrizan Jamaludin, Shahrizan Jamaludin, Mohd Rosdi Ngah, Mohd Rosdi Ngah, Noor Hisham Hamid, Noor Hisham Hamid, } "GammaScorpion: mobile gamma-ray tomography system for early detection of basal stem rot in oil palm plantations," Optical Engineering 52(3), 036502 (8 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.52.3.036502 . Submission:

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