Fungal spores. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of fungal spores on a fruiting body of an Aspergillus sp. fungus. The name for such a fruiting body is a conidiophore. It forms under certain conditions at the end of some of the threads (hyphae) that make up the fungus. This conidiophore's hypha is seen at lower left. The conidiophore itself consists of chains of numerous conidia (spores, small, round) that are dispersed on the wind to form a new fungal body. Inhalation of spores by susceptible people may cause an allergic reaction known as aspergillosis. This fungus mostly grows on decomposing organic matter. Magnification x360 when printed 10cm wide.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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