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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society


World in a grain
Zeiss Apotome, Zeiss LSM 710 NLO

Image provided by Luke Mander, Surangi Punyasena Lab

Research funded by the National Science Foundation

Pollen grains are an indispensable record of vegetation from the Earth’s past, and provide a unique window into the nature and timing of plant evolution. Pollen grains are also objects of considerable beauty, and their diversity of form has fascinated scientists since Malpighi and Grew first described them in the late 1600s.