Tinted SEM of oak tree pollen grains

Tinted SEM of oak tree pollen grains

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Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of pollen grains from the common oak flower Quercus robur. Oak trees flower in May/June, producing copious quantities of pollen, which is dispersed by the wind. Oak pollen is a major cause of hay fever (medical term Allergic rhinitis or pollenosis). Sufferers produce an antibody, immunoglobin E (IgE), which attaches to cells in the nose & eyes. It reacts with inhaled pollen causing the release of various chemicals including histamine. Histamine causes the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes & throat to swell & become inflamed, bringing on the hay fever attack. Magnification: X 340 at 35mm size. original is bw print b786/092

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Keywords: allergic rhinitis, botany, cause, common oak, hay fever, hayfever, nature, oak, oak pollen, plant, plants, pollen, quercus robur. pollen, reproduction, reproductive, sem, type

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