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The 3D Pollen Project Project ID: 00000C627 Public
93 Media · 35 Specimens · Managed by: Oliver Wilson

Pollen is amazing stuff. Made of sporopollenin, 'the diamond of the plant world', pollen grains are among nature's toughest creations. They can help reconstruct the past, solve crimes, deliver medicines, genetically engineer plants and figure out what's in your honey - and yes, they can give you hayfever too. But because these grains are so small it can be problematic for pollen scientists to showcase their work to others without using microscopes. And even with microscopes it can be difficult to interpret pollen's three-dimensional structure from flat, two-dimensional images. This means that learning pollen identification is often a significant challenge, making use of photos and drawings in a process that has hardly changed for decades. 3D-printing has the potential to transform this, but currently no freely available pollen model files exist. The 3D Pollen Project aims to address this. Led by PhD student Oliver Wilson, the Project is a collaboration between the Universities of Reading and Hull, UK, funded by the University of Reading Teaching and Learning Development Fund, and by Mangorolla CIC and the Wellcome Trust through the I'm A Scientist competition. Using laser scanning confocal microscopy, we are producing accurate, printable 3D models of pollen grains from reference and herbarium material, and making them available online for non-commercial use. We hope they will be of use and interest to scientists, communicators, teachers and the wider public, for outreach, education and research.

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000068782 Pollen hlu:ccc:61 Leucanthemum vulgare Video 2019-02-06 Open Download  
000065544 Pollen hlu:ccc:61 Leucanthemum vulgare Mesh 2018-12-14 Open Download  
000068770 Pollen hlu:ccc:444 Alnus glutinosa Video 2019-02-06 Open Download  
000065542 Pollen hlu:ccc:444 Alnus glutinosa Mesh 2018-12-14 Open Download  
000065538 Pollen hlu:ccc:4 Centaurea nigra Mesh 2018-12-14 Open Download  
000065546 Pollen hlu:ccc:695 Calluna vulgaris Mesh 2018-12-14 Open Download  
000068635 Pollen hlu:ccc:695 Calluna vulgaris Video 2019-02-05 Open Download  
000068772 Pollen hlu:ccc:4 Centaurea nigra Video 2019-02-06 Open Download  
000065545 Pollen hlu:ccc:67 Dactylis glomerata Mesh 2018-12-14 Open Download  
000068776 Pollen hlu:ccc:67 Dactylis glomerata Video 2019-02-06 Open Download  
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