Magnification of Yellow Pollen

I picked, dried, and dusted a slide with yellow pollen from a flower on campus. I collected the sample from a decorative flowering bush on Stanford campus, California near Wilber dining. I was particularly interested in how the pollen would appear under magnification and if I could see individual pollen granules. I peeled back the petals with a tweezer, and dusted the pollen onto a slide with a clean Q-Tip. Then I used the mini plastic pipette to add a tiny drop of water. Then, I placed another slide on top of the first and secured the slides with scotch tape. I then placed the slide in my foldscope, positioned the foldscope above a light source, and adjusted my focus until the image was clear. This was the resulting image. I surprised by the level of detail I could see. There seemed to be little clumps of granules which formed small circles of their own. This post is for a Bio60_2021 class assignment.

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