Contact: Chelsey B. Coombs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caption: Luke Mander, a former postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Illinois professor of plant biology Surangi Punyasena, led a team of researchers in the development of a method of identifying pollen grains through scanning electron microscopy and surface analysis. This quantitative -- rather than qualitative -- approach potentially brings an end to the classification problems that have vexed pollen scientists since the field's inception. Mander is shown here holding a small beech tree seedling.
Credit: Photo Courtesy Luke Mander
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