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Confocal microscopic image of the infection of a wheat plant: the fungus penetrates the stomata of the leaves and can spread between the plant cells.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab

Two pipefish females of the species Syngnathus typhle.

Photo courtesy:
Olivia Roth

The fluorescent dye DAPI is commonly used to stain the DNA in the nuclei of Caenorhabditis elegans body cells, thus visualizing the nematode’s anatomy.

Photo courtesy:
Hinrich Schulenburg

Confocal laser scanning microscopy image of the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (in green) during the infection of a wheat leaf. The hyphae of Z. tritici is visible in green.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab

The brood pouch of a pregnant pipefish male (Syngnathus typhle) filled with embryos that are connected to a placenta-like structure.

Photo courtesy:
Olivia Roth

Pathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria marked by Red Fluorescent Protein have infected and overgrown the body of a Caenorhabditis elegans nematode.

Photo courtesy:
Andrei Papkou, Schulenburg lab

A wheat leaf infested with the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici shows the typical signs of so-called leaf drought, which can lead to drastic crop failures.

Photo courtesy:
J. Haueisen, Stukenbrock lab



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