Comparative performance of airyscan and structured illumination superresolution microscopy in the study of the surface texture and 3D shape of pollen

Mayandi Sivaguru, Michael A. Urban, Glenn Fried, Cassandra J. Wesseln, Luke Mander, Surangi W. Punyasena

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Abstract

The visualization of taxonomically diagnostic features of individual pollen grains can be a challenge for many ecologically and phylogenetically important pollen types. The resolution of traditional optical microscopy is limited by the diffraction of light (250 nm), while high resolution tools such as electron microscopy are limited by laborious preparation and imaging workflows. Airyscan confocal superresolution and structured illumination superresolution (SR-SIM) microscopy are powerful new tools for the study of nanoscale pollen morphology and three-dimensional structure that can overcome these basic limitations. This study demonstrates their utility in capturing morphological details below the diffraction limit of light. Using three distinct pollen morphotypes (Croton hirtus, Dactylis glomerata, and Helianthus sp.) and contrast-enhancing fluorescent staining, we were able to assess the effectiveness of the Airyscan and SR-SIM. We further demonstrate that these new superresolution methods can be easily applied to the study of fossil pollen material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalMicroscopy research and technique
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Keywords

  • SR-SIM
  • confocal
  • fluorescence
  • fossil pollen morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Instrumentation
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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