Daphnia pulex appendages and post-abdominal claw. Moulted exoskeleton in darkfield illumination. Image by Howard Webb.

(ISSN 1365 - 070x)

Exploring the miniature world

Issue 105: July 2004.
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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 desmids.

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.

Series 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 and black paint for the stage may be of interest to readers renovating other microscopes.

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 viewing height.

Other 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.


In focus:
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.

www.desmids.nl (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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