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Last Week in Noble Research: Valentine's Cells, Lunch and Frost Recovery

By Courtney Leeper, Writer

Posted Feb. 20, 2017

Here's a quick look at a few of the many research activities from last week at the Noble Research Institute.

  1 Monday, Feb. 13

How do roots grow? We're learning more every day.

Root cells of a thale cress #arabidopsis seedling imaged with a #confocal #microscope and surface-rendered using image processing software. Magenta colors represent the plasma membrane surrounding individual root cells. Green bodies mark a population of compartments where cellular material is packaged. These compartments through an intricate system of transport pathways eventually merge with the plasma membrane enabling the cells to expand and the entire root to grow so it can forage for nutrients and water. Advanced #light #microscopy allows @noblefoundation #scientists to learn more about complex cellular processes that explain basic aspects of plant growth. #plantbiology #cellbiology #everynoblestory #biology #sciart #rootscience #microscopymonday #knowyourroots #imaging #rootscience #plantscience #colorful #surfacerendering #membrane #plantcell #packaging #plantnutrition #rootresearch

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  2 Monday, Feb. 13

Lunch time for the cattle! Today's menu: NF101 wheat.

  3 Tuesday, Feb. 14

Celebrating Valentine's Day science-style in the Cell Imaging Facility.

Happy Valentine's Day from a pair of lovely red root hair cells. The #heart - shaped structures on the left insets is the tip of a living root hair cell stained with the red-emitting dye propidium iodide. Unlike the typical cylinder-shaped cell, these root hairs have unusual but #beautiful shapes. The cells were imaged with a #confocal #microscope. These irregular shapes are the result of the plant missing two #genes that control the organization of its cell skeleton #cytoskeleton. #ilovescience #rootsoflove #rooting #roothairs #scienceart #everynoblestory #genetics #valentineday2017 #rootresearch #plantcell #science #cellbiology #knowyourroots #plantscience #rootresearch #sciencelove #love #happyvalentinesday #biology #sciart #botany

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  4 Tuesday, Feb. 14

Grow, brassicas, grow!

  5 Wednesday, Feb. 15

Looking for the plants that grow more efficiently. Then we can turn knowledge into tools for farmers and ranchers.

Follow our researchers and the hashtag #everyNoblestory on Instagram and Twitter to see more!

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