Image of the month

Fern Tree

Unusually, this month's image is not a micrograph but a work of art. The piece was created by artist Immy Smith, taking her inspiration from scanning electron microscope images of tree fern spores. The spores are being studied by Dr Alastair Culham of the School of Biological Sciences. Immy incorporated into the work some of the materials which EMLab uses in specimen preparation, such as graphite and gold. We are very grateful to the Friends of the University for a grant to fund the creation of this beautiful work.

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