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Digital colorization of an electron microscopic image of a Diatom.
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Fascinating work. This ones particularly weird. Any further explanation about the ‘bacterial coated looking tutu’ this one is wearing or anything else ?
Just spoke with Dr. Hargraves, who supplied the image, and this is what he had to say: ‘This diatom is Odontella aurita in its small form. It lives in estuaries where it attaches to seaweeds and other surfaces, forming short chains. It is also found in the plankton when turbulence stirs it up. Because it lives in a turbulent world, it often accumulates tiny bits of sediment, clay particles, and organic debris. These appear in your colorized photo as yellow bits. I don’t see anything here that I would unequivocally call bacteria." Hope this answers your question.
Ern, to be honest with you i don’t really know what that ‘plaque’ is, that you speak of. I can find out for you though.
Thanks Blue Ocean. It sounds then like it could be clay particles or organic matter. I’m more interested about the object wrapped around the diatom. It resembles something looking like a wrist band with green edging on LHS …or is this the diatom? If not, what is the brown thing with bristles/hairs?
That’s what Dr. Hargraves just said in the above comments. The band is part of the organism. Dr. Hargraves is an expert in this field. The brown bristles/hairs are part of it too!.
I’ve learnt from wiki that….‘Most diatoms are unicellular, although they can exist as colonies in the shape of filaments or ribbons. …..Although usually microscopic, some species of diatoms can reach up to 2 millimetres in length.’
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