April 24, 2014
A liana is a woody climber that starts at ground level, and uses trees to climb up to the canopy where it spreads from tree to tree to get as much light as possible. Lianas are especially characteristic of tropical moist deciduous forests and rainforests. These climbers often form bridges between the forest canopy, connect the entire forest and provide arboreal animals with paths across the forest. This is a Monkey Ladder vine.

A liana is a woody climber that starts at ground level, and uses trees to climb up to the canopy where it spreads from tree to tree to get as much light as possible. Lianas are especially characteristic of tropical moist deciduous forests and rainforests. These climbers often form bridges between the forest canopy, connect the entire forest and provide arboreal animals with paths across the forest. This is a Monkey Ladder vine.

April 23, 2014
Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in the outermost inner segments of cone photoreceptors (400x) (via Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in the outermost inner segments of cone photoreceptors (400x) (via Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

April 22, 2014
brittle star scientific illustration

brittle star scientific illustration

April 21, 2014
Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine (900x) 
The villi, little finger-like projections all over the intestine, provide increased surface area which allows for rapid digestion. 
(via Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine | 2-photon | Nikon Small World)

Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine (900x)
The villi, little finger-like projections all over the intestine, provide increased surface area which allows for rapid digestion.
(via Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine | 2-photon | Nikon Small World)

April 20, 2014
Patagonian maras choose a single partner for life. It is the male’s sole duty to keep the pair together by following the female wherever she goes.

Patagonian maras choose a single partner for life. It is the male’s sole duty to keep the pair together by following the female wherever she goes.

(Source: Wikipedia)

April 19, 2014
Giant liposomes of pulmonary surfactant (40x) 
(via Giant liposomes of pulmonary surfactant | 2-photon | Nikon Small World)

Giant liposomes of pulmonary surfactant (40x)
(via Giant liposomes of pulmonary surfactant | 2-photon | Nikon Small World)

April 18, 2014

bbsrc:

Food, famine and fungi

Ustilago maydis is a fungus that infects maize crops and causes the disease corn smut. In these images you can see the corn smut fungus (green) infecting a maize leaf (red). This infection will cause large plant ‘tumors’ and can eventually result in plant death.

Diseases like this pose a major threat to modern agriculture and therefore understanding fungal plant pathogens is of huge importance. 

BBSRC-funded scientists from The University of Exeter hope to understand the complex interplay between this fungal pathogen and its plant host. This knowledge will then help in the development of novel fungicides that can stop crop infection and keep food on our forks.

Images and research from Professor Gero Steinberg at the University of Exeter.

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Filed under: biology science cells 
April 17, 2014
The Indian muntjac is also called the “barking deer” due to the barking sound it makes when danger is present. 
(via SOUTHERN RED MUNTJAC | Animals Being Adorable (my guilty pleasure) | …)

The Indian muntjac is also called the “barking deer” due to the barking sound it makes when danger is present.
(via SOUTHERN RED MUNTJAC | Animals Being Adorable (my guilty pleasure) | …)

April 16, 2014
Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x) 
(via Human bone cancer showing actin filaments, mitochondria, and DNA | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x)
(via Human bone cancer showing actin filaments, mitochondria, and DNA | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

April 15, 2014
Catclaw Sensitive Briar 
(by Care_SMC)

Catclaw Sensitive Briar
(by Care_SMC)

April 14, 2014
Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x) 
Desmids are an order of green algae that are single-celled but divided into two compartments by an isthmus. 
(via Cosmarium sp. desmid near a Sphagnum sp. leaf | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x)
Desmids are an order of green algae that are single-celled but divided into two compartments by an isthmus.
(via Cosmarium sp. desmid near a Sphagnum sp. leaf | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

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Filed under: science biology plants algae 
April 13, 2014
Some say that the maned wolf’s long legs are an adaptation to running around in long grass.   
(via Maned Wolf)

Some say that the maned wolf’s long legs are an adaptation to running around in long grass.
(via Maned Wolf)

April 12, 2014
Brittle stars are closely related to starfish. Their arms can be up to 60 cm (24 in) long, and they have specialized nerves on the ends of each arm that can detect light and the presence of certain chemicals.  (via Brittle star | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

Brittle stars are closely related to starfish. Their arms can be up to 60 cm (24 in) long, and they have specialized nerves on the ends of each arm that can detect light and the presence of certain chemicals.
(via Brittle star | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

April 10, 2014
Gobi jerboas reproduce 1-2 times a year with 1-3 offspring per litter.

Gobi jerboas reproduce 1-2 times a year with 1-3 offspring per litter.

April 9, 2014
Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate (10x) (via Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate | 2013 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate (10x) (via Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate | 2013 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)