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These slides contain information about plant hairs called trichomes. The slides can be used to demonstrate plant structural adaptions to biotic and abiotic conditions. Slides which feature confocal/fluorescence microscopy may be useful as examples in a cell biology class.
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General Biology Core Concepts
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Keywords trichome, plant hair, UV protection, confocal fluorescence microscopy
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Pedagogical Use Description Slides 1-5 define trichomes and provide examples of different forms.
Slides 6-10 provide examples of how trichomes act as herbivore deterrents.
Slides 11-13 explains how trichomes can be viewed by confocal/fluorescence microscopy. These slides can be used to describe confocal/fluorescence microscopy and also to demonstrate autofluorescence of plant pigments.
Slides 14-20 focus on the UV-absorbing ability of trichomes and provide confocal images for several examples.
Slides 21-23 show other types of unique adaptations. These include trichomes from sundew and highly branched trichomes in an aquatic plant.
Slides 24-26 present the biochemical nature of trichomes, which act as deterrents but also have medicinal and household uses.
Slides 27-28 provide references and acknowledgements.
Uniqueness While there are numerous images of plant hairs available on line, this presentation provides a collection of images and micrographs of hairs from a variety of plants with explanation of their functions.
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Full Name of Primary Author Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello
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Primary Author Affiliation Marshall University,
Huntington, WV
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Date Of Record Submission 2016-02-09
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Date Of Record Release 2016-04-21 07:23:09
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  • mharrison
Date Last Modified 2016-06-22 11:24:08
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