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Pond life ID
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Desmid eaters. Desmids
in the food web - Peter
Coesel (the Netherlands) presents a fascinating overview
of the role desmids can play in the food chain, illustrated
with microorganisms that had eaten or were in the process of eating
Science and art - Howard
Webb (USA) shares images of the moults of the exoskeleton
of a water flea and reflects on how such subjects can have
both scientific and aesthetic appeal.
in marine phytoplankton: The genus Pseudo-nitzschia
- Rene van Wezel (UK) presents
an illustrated overview of one group of the diatoms, a beautiful
type of algae with silica 'shells'.
Coccoloba uvifera. The
leaves and a parasite - Walter
Dioni (Mexico) explores the sea grape tree on the macro
and micoscopic scale, making good use of the simple plant
slicer he has described before. He discusses the possible
identity of the parasite that has infected it.
Russian LOMO microscopes.
Notes on refurbishing and the use of Nye special lubricants
- Ian Walker (UK) suggests methods and materials for renovating
secondhand examples of the Biolam, a popular microscope. His experiences
with the lubricants used
paint for the stage may be of interest to readers renovating
Topical tips 14. Using
computer monitor stands for microscopes - David
Walker (UK) tries an adjustable height and sturdy
monitor stand as a useful means of setting a comfortable
articles - contributors sharing their wider interests in
nature, the landscape and photography:
Images of 'Constable
country' - David Walker
(UK) reflects on a visit
to an area associated with the famous landscape artist John Constable when staying
at one of the UK's most attractive field study centres.
'Temporary desert ponds yield a new family of water fleas'
(University of Wisconsin, Madison news item,
Feb. 2004). It's not too surprising when
new microscopic species are
found in very harsh and/or remote environments on
earth, but perhaps much more surprising
that a new species of water flea, a relatively
large pond organism, has
been found in Oregon, USA. The species, designated
Dumontia oregonensis, is
so distinctive that it requires a new family.
(Desmids in the Netherlands) An attractive
and valuable resource presenting articles
and images on the desmids with special emphasis
on studies of desmids in the Netherlands.
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