Stinging nettle leaf, SEM

Stinging nettle leaf, SEM

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Caption: Stinging nettle leaf. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica). Its long poisonous hairs protect the plant from herbivores. When touched, they cause pain and inflammation to the skin by inducing the release of a mixture of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter that activates nerve cells) and histamine (a substance produced in allergic reactions). Magnification: x113 when printed 10 centimetres high.

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