Eastern Filbert Blight, a fungal disease, that attacks European hazelnut trees. Imaged on the Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss LSM 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti: sapphire laser.
Eastern Filbert Blight is a fungal disease that attacks European hazelnut trees. The disease is challenging to manage in part because it takes months for symptoms to appear after infection. The red spine-like structures in this image are the growing filaments of the fungus invading a plant stem, shown in green with a tangle of red fibers from the plant's vascular tissue. Documenting the fungal growth pattern will help plant biologists diagnose and control the disease.