Re: [beemonitoring] Fwd: Special pollen microscope?
- I couldn't get the virtual pollen museum to show up on google or at the MBG site.This very attactive book did however: Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowershttp://www.amazon.com/Pollen-Sexuality-Flowers-Rob-Kesseler/dp/1554075599/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350050741&sr=1-1&keywords=pollen+the+hidden+sexuality+of+flowersDana----- Original Message -----From: Peter BernhardtTo: Bee UnitedSent: Friday, October 12, 2012 6:39 AMSubject: [beemonitoring] Fwd: Special pollen microscope?
Dr David Bogler runs the virtual pollen museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden (view it online). Here are his comments about the new, Australian, pollen, microscope featured in the link I sent all of you yesterday.Peter
Thanks for that link on the pollen microscope. We are now doing focus stacking on pollen, but I have to do it manually with the focus knob. The new version of DSLR Remote for our new Canon T3 camera has this feature built in, but I don’t know how well it will work with pollen. It does give better images. I wish we could get a new microscope setup here – that is one of my goals. I there is still someone needed to direct the microscope, and to identify the pollen, but maybe they are working on the automated identification aspect also. I am in contact with a group of people here in the U.S. who have an algorithm that can actually be taught to recognize pollen from different species. But you have to “teach” it by feeding it slides of known pollen, which it processes from all angles much like face-recognition software. From what I know, the computer does hunt for pollen on the slide using a motorized stage, gets it in its cross-hairs, and takes pictures. MBG may be providing the lesson slides from Shaw Nature Reserve plants as a test group. This project is exciting, but still in its infancy. I hope we can participate.
David J. Bogler, PhD | Missouri Botanical Garden | P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
From: Peter Bernhardt [mailto:bernhap2@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 3:09 PM
To: Bee United
Cc: David Bogler; Retha Meier
Subject: Special pollen microscope?
Here's another link to a video on pollen but this one is about viewing pollen grains found on pinned insects in the national collection in Australia. The Australians in this video claim they have a new microscope best fitted and digitized for pollen measurements and identification. If it's true, I want one...NOW!