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Arabidopsis anther: imaged by confocal microscopy
Heiti Paves, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Plants are the supermodels of microscopy: they’re long and slender; they’re easy to photograph (because they don’t move); and, they radiate from within, literally. So if Arabidopsis is the Kate Moss of microscopy, that would make Heiti Paves the Richard Avedon.
Image: An anther of Arabidopsis was stained with the membrane dye FM 4-64 and Hoechst 33342. It was then imaged by confocal microscopy (20X magnification). Since confocal microscopy is “color-blind,” all the colors on the picture are arbitrary. Green is most likely autofluorescence.