Put Pollen under Microscope #2 – comparing dry form and hydrated form
April 12, 2010 by Labchef
As I googled around the internet, I found many pollen pictures are in stained hydrated form. Out of curiosity, I wanted to compared my collection with what I found on the internet and my previous pollen photos. I collected some more flowers and pollens from air as well. The complete project can be found under project pages.
Pine Pollen at 400X in dry form (very unique micky mouse form)
Pine pollen in hydrated state at 400X Stained with Malachite Green
Oak Pollens in dry state at 400X
Oak Pollen in hydrated state at 400X stained with Malachite Green (As the oak pollens are hydrated, they become rounded and completely different from their dry form)
Apple Pollen in dry form at 400X
Apple pollen in hydrate form at 400X (stainded by Malachite_Green)
Azalea pollen in dry from at 400X
Azalea pollens stained by Malachite Green in hydrate
Pollens collected and observed at low power at 40X - They are peaked a few days ago.
Pine pollen in dry form stacked
Oak Pollen in Dry Form Stacked
Apple Pollen in Dry Form Stacked
Pictures are taken with Tucsen TCA-3.0C CMOS Microscope Camera from Nexcope CM701 microscope with the eyepiece removed and replaced with Tucsen relay lens.
You don't need much to observe pollen under microscope. If you already have a microscope and slides, just run by the pet store and drug store to get those.