Short communication

The development of a leaf tensilmeter for in situ measurement of leaf tensile strength

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1992.9648298
Author(s): R.H. Westfall, Republic of South Africa, J.M. van Staden, Republic of South Africa, P.J. Britz, Republic of South Africa, C. Pretorius, Republic of South Africa


The development of a portable leaf tensilmeter for the in situ measurement of leaf tensile strength is described. Tensile strength is determined by the distortion of strain gauges on modified stripping pliers which are used to break leaf blades. The output is displayed via an analogue chip through a liquid crystal display.

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