During the spring and summer months new life begins all around us. Birds are singing, flowers blooming and trees produce new foliage. This foliage can serve as a host to new life. One such lifeform is the leafminer. These insect larvae survive by burrowing within the leaf feeding on mesophyll. Leafminers are known to leave distinguishing marks on the host leaf. These brown tracks make it easier for people to find where there has been leafminer activity. I wanted to see how easy it might be to have someone create a multipanel figure showing that they had found tracks from a leafminer.
Goals of METHODS project:
To recreate a multipanel figure of a leaf that has been eaten by a leafminer
Have someone reconstruct what you did to recreate that multipanel figure and create a similar image
Find the differences between the two images and speculate on what caused them
Write a scientific report (probably leave this part out.
Brief overview of subject selected. Explain what it is.
The subject is a leaf that has been molested by leafminer activity. My thinking behind selecting it was that there weren’t a ton of other specimens around. The factors I sought to control in writing my methods were the size and location of the photos, the spacing between the photos, drawing the eye to certain aspects of the multipanel figure with arrows and labeling with letters.
The factors I considered in trying to facilitate the recreation were the location of the specimen, the appearance of the plant. The number and focus of the photos that are to be taken.