Moss spores on thallus, SEM

Moss spores on thallus, SEM

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Credit: DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Moss spores on the surface of a moss thallus (Tortula ruralis), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Tortula ruralis is known as star moss or twisted in the moss family Pottiaceae. It occurs throughout the world. It grows in many types of climate, including the Arctic, boreal areas, temperate areas, and deserts. It is has been used as a model organism for the study of desiccation tolerance and mechanisms of cellular repair. Magnification: x1,185 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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