May Mohamed Amer

PhD Student

Supervisors:
University of Stirling

Prof Andrew Tyler
Dr Peter Hunter
Dr Clare Wilson
Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin

Tanta University, Egypt
Tarek Z. Fouda
Adel M. Helal

Start Date: 1st October 2015

4V5 Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

Tel: +44 (0)1786 466544
fax: +(44) 1786 467843
email: m.m.amer@stir.ac.uk

Research Project

Remote Sensing For the Detection of Heavy Metals on Irrigated Crops in the Nile Delta Region, Egypt

Globally, water is regarded as the major limiting factor that reduces crop productivity, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. Egypt’s climate is characterised by hot dry summers and mild winters. It is a predominantly arid country and agriculture in Egypt depends on irrigation from the River Nile. The necessary increase in food production to support the annual population growth (1.8%) compels the country to use all sources of water (drainage water, groundwater, industrial waste and treated sewage water) for the expansion of irrigated agricultural land. In the Nile delta, there are many factories that pump industrial waste into the river Nile and its branches. This waste water contains heavy metals which effect on the soil to become “A metal contaminated soil”. This heavy metals toxicity effect on the plant pigments thus on photosynthetic reactions and the productivity of the field crops. To maximise the productivity of field crops we will try to evaluate the effect of heavy metal stress on the (concentration of leaf pigments (including Chl a) and Physical Characteristics of the Plants) and assess which stage of the life cycle is most sensitive to metal stress. Identify the spectral relation between heavy metals concentration and the content of plant pigments. Then Regional scale through remote sensing.

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