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How to measure leaf area

After searching for plant functional traits data on the web, I’m now trying to fill the gaps for species missing in the databases. Measuring leaf area in Image lab

Measuring plant traits can be very time consuming and sometimes expensive tools are needed.

However to measure leaf area you don’t necessarily need to buy an area meter or to waste days counting quadrats on grid paper.

I used a software that is available in demo version at http://www.mcm-design.com/index.php?section=download&product=ImageLab

First you have to scan your leaves and save the image as 300 dpi bmp file.

Then you can open it in Imagelab and simply click on the leaf edge after choosing the magic wand tool. You will get the area among the object results.

Collect, scan, measure, enjoy!

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