Images of Leaf Stomata

Images of Leaf Stomata: Little Things that Matter

by Clark D. (2019)

Douglas Clark,

In Microscopy Today 27(1): 12-17 –
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S155192951800130X

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/microscopy-today/article/images-of-leaf-stomata-little-things-that-matter/FCD28B1144063608C87F06F805756F31

Abstract

Stomata (singular, “stoma”) are tiny pores through which plants breathe. Stomata are found on the upper and lower sides of leaves, on flower petals, on stems, and on roots.

Scientists survey plant surfaces to determine the density and size of stomata and relate these findings to properties of the environment, such as temperature and the amounts of sunlight, humidity, oxygen, and carbon dioxide in the air when a leaf is formed.

Stomata of various plants are suitable subjects for classroom laboratory activities since they may be examined by light microscopy.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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