Different kinds of pollen- Daniel

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IMG_0535 1. Arugula Pollen IMG_0540 2. Iris Pollen IMG_0543  3. Amarilis Pollen IMG_0547 4. Clover Pollen

Have you ever wondered if pollen comes in different shapes according to what plant it’s from? At least with the pollen from these flowers they were all a certain oval shape, though some were bigger and some were smaller. I started the procedure by getting a slide ready and walked outside to see what was blooming in our yard. I used a Q-tip and lightly touched the place where the pollen was. I then tapped the pollen on my slide and looked at it under my foldscope. I would not recommend using a Q-tip because the fuzz gets all over the slide as shown in photo #3. I would recommend directly tapping the pollen on the slide from the flower itself.

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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Beautiful diversity of pollen. Love seeing the black version – almost looks like miniature mosquito eggs. Would be great to expand this to make a true map of most common pollen in our environment.

    Wonderful work.

    Cheers
    Manu

  2. laksiyer says:

    This is great. I have noticed that suspending them in water hydrates them and gives them a fuller structure. However, nothing like the native views.

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