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New Software Quantifies Leaf Venation Networks, Enables Plant Biology Advances


January 13, 2011

a screenshot of the LEAF GUI software Plant biologists are facing pressure to breed plants that can respond to changing environments. One method of monitoring the response of plants to different environments is by studying their vein network patterns. To help address the challenge of how to quickly examine a large quantity of leaves, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a user-assisted software tool that extracts macroscopic vein structures directly from leaf images. Full Story

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