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Art of Science Gallery 07

Temple of Demeter
Temple of Demeter

Zeiss LSM 880

Rong Ma, Yousoon Baek, Mayandi Sivaguru, and Dean Riechers

Dean Riechers Laboratory

Funded by the USDA

The sturdy shapes in this image are the cells of a sorghum plant; these cells form part of the sheath that protects the growing plant shoot. Crops are exposed to many stressful growing conditions in the field, including exposure to herbicides. The bright colors seen here mark the presence of proteins that help protect the plant from such exposures. The goal of this research is to develop new ways to protect crops from damage caused by herbicides and other stressors.