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Evaluation of Microscopy Techniques May Help Scientists to Better Understand Ancient Plants

June 12, 2012

biology graphic In a paper published in PLoS ONE, scientists at the University of Illinois released their findings on what microscopy techniques are needed to identify the shape and texture of pollen grains. Because pollen morphologies often align quite closely to taxonomic groupings, understanding the appearance of ancient pollen allows scientists to better understand prehistoric flora in the context of modern day ancestors. Full Story

Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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