Biomass of soil mesofauna is an important measure in soil ecology, especially in C-sequestration or ecological indication. And since it’s a time-consuming work, we developed a device and software to automatize this lab measurements and work on to do it in the field.
The new image analysis method facilitates and accelerates the body length measurement of the collembolan Folsomia candida. The new software package, called CollScope, consists of three elements: 1) an imaging device; 2) photographing software; 3) an ImageJ macro for image processing, measurement and data analysis. We give a complete description of the operation of the software, the image analyzing process and describe its accuracy and reliability. Constructing numerical indicator is the next goal.