SEM of mouldy crop

SEM of mouldy crop

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Caption: Mouldy crop. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of grey rot (Botrytis sp.) on a runner bean plant. This is a parasitic fungus that can cause great damage to food crops. The threads (hyphae) of the fungus chemically digest the plant and use the digested material to grow new hyphae. Clusters of spore-bearing structures (blue) are seen here. These release spores, the reproductive structures of fungi, to drift on the wind and infect other plants. The fungus can also be used in wine production as it causes grapes to shrivel, reducing water content and increasing sugar content. This allows the production of especially prized sweet wines, when the mould is known as 'The Noble Rot'. Magnification: x185 when printed 10cm high.

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