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    Attended the 2 day course at SASA this weekend. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and the 2 days flew by. Now invested in 2 microscopes I'm looking forward to receiving for my poor weather beekeeping activities. A few photos to share, unfortunately my bank balance could not go to the cost for the dissecting Microscope I used on the course. Anyone want a shot at identifying the part of anatomy, the disease, the pollen?


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    Errmmm .... well, some look real dodgy!

    (I'm barred from answering due to spending a couple of days with the ladies at SASA a few weeks ago ... and having been a professional palynologist until recently ... although I may have been stumped on the pollen one myself. Go on then, give us an idea of scale for the last one.)

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    No idea about the pollen and not sure if we've got spoiler tags enabled but I'll try:

    [spoiler]
    Disease is acarine
    Anatomy is the sting and related parts
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    Scale is appx 100 micron, quite a big pollen for such a small plant. It's seasonal too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neils View Post
    No idea about the pollen and not sure if we've got spoiler tags enabled but I'll try:
    Bang on Neil!

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    As you gathered ... some adept beekeepers on the course! And yes ... fascinating and fun. A clue perhaps ... I think the pollen's the one that can be used as a base measure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HJBee View Post
    Bang on Neil!
    Phew! I will admit to having done a few of those disease tests, but I've never done that dissection.

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    Well then ..... it looks to me rather like larch (without its normal granules) but that's not a small plant! Larch pollen is about 80 microns across.

    Standards for microscopy are often hazel (and it isn't hazel) or Lycopodium spores and its not that either.

    Here is larch from the Austrian database:



    PS Spoiler tags?! I'm off to Google ....

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    Spoiler tags: For vBulletin 4 you need an add-on via code inserted somewhere, lots of debate about upgrades to vBulletin breaking it in Firefox, hmmnn. We can live without it.

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    They are picked up by tapatalk however

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