Image of the month

Pine tree pollen grain

June's  image  shows a pine tree pollen grain.  This sample was imaged by Miss Saskia Sale whilst on a one week work experience placement at the Centre.  As a result of training from CfAM Microscopist Dr Laura Felisari, Saskia was able to use the high vacuum SEM to collect images of some of the wide range of pollen grains that can be found on the campus over the spring and summer months.  Before being placed in the microscope, the pollen was coated with a thin layer of gold.  Very little other sample preparation was required, due to the incredibly tough nature of pollen grains. 

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