Professor Lyn Jones
My research focuses on remote sensing and the stress physiology and water relations of a wide range of temperate and tropical crops. The major emphasis of current research is on remote and proximal sensing of vegetation, with special emphasis on the monitoring and diagnosis of plant responses to environmental stresses for crop breeding and for management. Areas of interest include crop modelling, irrigation, tree establishment and breeding for drought and stress tolerance, with a strong emphasis on environmental biophysics and energy and mass transfer between plants and the environment.
Recent work has emphasised the development of thermal imaging and other remote sensing techniques for the study of plant stress at all scales from use of in-field cameras up to regional views from satellites. New approaches include the development of irrigation control systems based on thermal sensing.
Other areas of interest include studies of plant adaptation to low temperatures and the role of respiration and oxidative stress in stress tolerance, as well as the effects of climate change on plant distribution and on horticultural production. Work involves extensive international collaboration especially with scientists in both Canberra and Perth in Australia where we are evaluating thermal remote sensing as a tool for plant phenotyping and for irrigation scheduling and for the study of frost occurrence.
Jones H. 2020. Artificial Intelligence for plant identification on smartphones and tablets. BSBI News. 144:34-40.
Jones HG. 2020. What plant is that? Tests of automated image recognition apps for plant identification on plants from the British flora. AoB PLANTS. 12(6):Article plaa052. https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plaa052
Jones H.G. & Sirault X.R.R. (2014) Scaling of thermal images at different spatial resolution: the mixed pixel problem. Agronomy 4, 380-396 (doi:10.3390/agronomy4030380)
Prashar, A. & Jones, H.G. (2014) Infra-red thermography as a high throughput tool for phenotyping. Agronomy 4, 397-417 (doi: 10.3390/agronomy4030397)
Jones, H.G. (2014) Plants and microclimate: a quantitative approach to environmental plant physiology. 3rd Edn. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 978-0-521-27959-8.
Prashar, A., Yildiz, J., Bryan, G.J., McNicol, J.W., Jones, H.G. (2013) Infra-red thermography for high throughput field phenotyping in Solanum tuberosum. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65816. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065816
Jones H.G., Hillis, R.M., Gordon, S.L., Brennan, R.M. (2013) An approach to the determination of winter chill requirements applied to different Ribes cultivars. Plant Biology 15 (Suppl. 1), 18-27. doi:10.1111/j.1438-8677.2012.00590.x
Dietrich, R.C., Bengough, A.G., Jones, H.G., White, P.J. (2013) Can root electrical capacitance be used to predict root mass in soil? Annals of Botany 112: 457-464. doi:10.1093/aob/mct044
Dietrich, R.C., Bengough, A.G., Jones, H.G, White, P.J. (2012) A new physical interpretation of plant root capacitance. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63, 6149-6159 (doi:10.1093/jxb/ers264).
Munns, R., James, R.A., Sirault, X., Furbank, R., Jones, H.G. (2010) New phenotyping methods for screening wheat and barley for water stress tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany 61, 3499–3507 (doi: 10.1093/jxb/erq199)