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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Mysterious Life
Mysterious Life
Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti:sapphire laser
Ronald Revord, Santiago Mideros, Sivaguru Mayandi, and Frank Zhao
Sarah Lovell Laboratory
Funded by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the generosity of Melissa Meador

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.