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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 153: July 2008.
Next update August 13th. 


Image left by Rolf Dieter-Müller presented on the site Gallery where contributors are sharing a wonderful variety of images.

"Pinus nigra is a pine with very long pine-needles. Leaf cross section, 15 µm, stained with Acridine Red, Acriflavine and Astra Blue."

See 'In Focus' section below for the author's preparation and staining details.



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    * Title and series idea by Dan Holloway.

In focus:

Magazine Index image details, kindly supplied by Rolf Dieter-Müller:
Pinus nigra leaf cross section, 15 µm, stained with Acridine Red, Acriflavine and Astra Blue. 

I prepared myself the cross section from Pinus nigra and stained with the W-3A stain by Robin Wacker. Robin Wacker develops the staining process for paraffin sections and published the process in the German magazine Mikrokosmos, 2006, page 210-212.

The original procedure for paraffin sections is here:

I prefer sectioning without paraffin and tried the dehydration with isopropyl alcohol. It was successful and I presented it in the German Mikroskopie-Forum:


Meeting notice:

Simon Laman of Earthwatch has kindly provided us with the following meeting notice, which includes a lecture on plankton.

Earthwatch Debate: Irreplaceable – the World’s Most Invaluable Species

Thursday 20th November, 7.00pm-9.00pm, at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR.

The ever-popular and thought-provoking Earthwatch Debate this year focuses on the world’s most irreplaceable species – choose between bees, bats, fungi, plankton and primates (but not man!), championed by leaders in their field.

Chair - Andrea Catherwood, TV broadcaster & independent film producer

Our speakers for the evening

Bats - Dr. Kate Jones, the Zoological Society of London
Bees - Dr. George McGavin, Honorary Research Associate, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Fungi - Prof. Lynne Boddy, Cardiff School of Biosciences
Plankton - Prof. David Thomas, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor
Primates - Ian Redmond OBE, Chairman of the Ape Alliance

Doors open at 6.00pm (cash bar); debate to be followed by a second cash bar, 9.00-9.30pm.

Entrance free to Earthwatch supporters; otherwise a small donation will be requested on the door. Optional buffet supper, 9.00-10.30 – supper tickets £25.00

For tickets and more information, please contact the Earthwatch Europe Events Department on (01865) 318856; events@earthwatch.org.uk 


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www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


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' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V.  W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites
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Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
www.amateurmicrography.net   articles and other resources

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