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How can the measurement of fluorescence help with Eastern Red Cedar disaster?

Roopnarinesingh, Christian

Juniperus virginiana, more commonly known as the Eastern Red Cedar, has caused excess economic damage due to its dynamic flammability in the Great Plains. Research on the variables in which Eastern Red Cedars are flammable have been proven useful in combating these tragic events. Recording live fuel moisture (LFM) and water potential are accurate when a researcher wants to know the flammability of the plant. However, fluorescence can be used as a more convenient way of measuring water potential, and therefore flammability due to its user-friendly and less costly fluorometer instrument.