Image: Wheat Through the Looking Glass (Eureka Prizes)
2014 New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography finalist
- Dr Mark Talbot
- © Dr Mark Talbot
Wheat Through the Looking Glass, Dr Mark Talbot, CSIRO Plant Industry
Dr Talbot’s scanning electron microscope (SEM) image shows young flower buds of wheat that will eventually become seeds. Using different modes of the SEM, two images of the same tissue were captured, superimposed and artificially coloured to highlight cell outlines (blue) and nuclei (orange). This unique way of creating SEM images unexpectedly revealed details normally seen only with a confocal laser microscope, even though the microscopes work in very different ways.