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BESC Imaging of Plant Cell Walls at Multiple Scales.
BESC researchers are integrating technologies for imaging plant tissues and cell walls from millimeter to nanometer scales. Shown is part of a cross-section of a switchgrass stem at micrometer scale. Autofluorescent signals from compounds in the stem show less lignin and more sunlight-absorbing chlorophyll in the green outer layer on the right. Deeper blue areas toward the stem's center show more highly lignified xylem tissue used for water and nutrient transport.

Image credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the DOE BioEnergy Science Center.

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