LI-COR Enhances Instrumentation for
Non-Destructive Measurements of Leaf Area Index

February 16, 2010 - Lincoln, Nebraska

LI-COR Biosciences announces the release of the new LAI-2200 Plant Canopy Analyzer for fast, non-destructive measurements of leaf area index. Building on the field-proven technology of its popular predecessor, the LAI-2000, the LAI-2200 features autonomous or wired optical sensor operation, enhanced memory capacity, and intuitive, menu-driven set up for effortless operation. Leaf area is one of the most important factors influencing carbon assimilation in plants and an important measurement in climate change research. Direct measurement of leaf area is time consuming and often destructive, consequently many researchers look for fast, accurate alternative methods offered by LAI-2200.

The LAI-2200 calculates leaf area index, mean tip angle, and other canopy characteristics and is suitable for a variety of canopy types, including crops, grasslands, forests, hedges and isolated trees. Every aspect of the LAI-2200 is designed for the rigors of fieldwork, including its weather resistant construction, long battery life, and lightweight ergonomic case. In addition the LAI-2200 features autonomous optical sensor operation and automatic logging, including the ability to measure tall canopies using two optical sensors. Data can be read live in the field and powerful post-processing software provides data processing options including three additional inversion methods and ring masking. For more information on the LAI-2200, go to

LI-COR Biosciences is a leader in the design and manufacture of instrument systems for environmental and biotechnology research. LI-COR instruments for photosynthesis, greenhouse gas analysis, and light measurement are recognized worldwide for standard-setting innovation in plant science research and environmental monitoring. The company is a pioneer in the development of infrared fluorescence labeling and detection systems for such areas as drug discovery, genomics, and small animal in vivo imaging.

Founded in 1971, the privately held company is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with subsidiaries in Germany and the United Kingdom. LI-COR systems are used in over 100 countries and are supported by a global network of distributors.

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