Estimation Of Leaf Area Of Trifoliate Legumes Using Non-Destructive Linear Measurements

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1971/1972
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Ndawula-Senyimba, M.S.
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In legumes which have trifoliolate compound leaves a linear relationship was found to exist' between the total area of the three leaflets and the product of the length times breadth of the terminal leaflet. Regression analysis using leaves from nine East African species of potential forage legumes illustrated that for each species regression coefficients a and b can be determined to enable quick and accurate estimates of areas using the equation Y = atb (LB). It is envisaged that this method will enable leaf area measurements to be made in the field quickly and cheaply without destroying the plant.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 37, pp. 192-196
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