Indian Council of Agricultural Research
(Agricultural Knowledge Management Information System)

ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora-263601 Uttarakhand (
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Instrument Details
Instrument/Facility Name: Root Scanner
Make                                   : Regent Instruments Inc. Ltd., Quebec, Canada
Model                                  : Epson Perfection V 700 Photo
Specification   :WinRHIZO Pro Software, Scanner STD (22 cm X 30 cm) with special lighting system & Positioning system Scanning Area, Special Lighting system to avoid shadows, Permanent calibration to increase the measurement precision

Click to ViewRoot morphology measurement is accomplished in destructive method only. The root samples are ready for analysis after extraction from soil and washing. Before Analysis, the roots are digitized with a scanner. The root scanner analyses roots using desktop scanner, suitable for image acquisition of macroscopic roots. Scanner is available as accessories for root positioning & scanning. Only fresh roots should be used.

  Working Principles
Click to ViewBefore Analysis, the roots are digitized with a scanner. Image acquisition of macroscopic objects like roots is the principle for analysis of roots using desktop scanner. Scanner is available with accessories for root positioning & scanning. A good 12 mega pixel digital camera produce image of 4272 by 2848 pixels. Special Lighting system is inbuilt with the equipment to avoid shadows. Measured: Total root length, average diameter, total root surface area, total root volume, number of tips, forks & crossings & colour analysis.

  User Instructions
Type of analysis – Individual as well as collective total root length, root surface area, root volume and average root diameter. Only destructive sample of roots can be analysed for any crop. Larger sample (>25 cm) should be cut in to smaller sample size (maximum 25 cm) for analysis.

  Contact Us
Contact No. 05962-230208
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  Root Scanner Charges
Procedure Name
National LAB/R&D
Measurement of root length, root surface area, root volume and average root diameter

Additional Rs 100/-towards postal charges if result are to be posted
The Demand Draft should be in favour of "Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora"
Letter, DD & Samples send to "Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora"