Currently there are many Zoologists from Stockholm University studying everything from bumble bee eye structure to the guppy brain with the X-ray available at  Stockholm University Brain Imaging Center (SUBIC).

Tunhe Zhou, research engineer at SUBIC wants to change that, making the equipment available to researchers at DEEP as well:

- It can be valuable for DEEP researchers who want to study plant morphology, development and evolution, for example. An advantage is that it's a non destructive way to studying the structure of a plant, says Tunhe Zhou.

For inspiration, here are some example applications in which scientists made 3D imaging of plants’ structures in micro-meter resolution. They used X-ray microtomography, which is the same equipment that SUBIC provides. The first picture shows the microstructure X-ray microscope image of the tobacco and Arabidopsis natural dry seed, from the scientific publication "The microstructure investigation of plant architecture with X-ray microscopy" by Zhang and colleagues.

The microstructure X-ray microscope image of the tobacco and Arabidopsis natural dry seed.

The second example below is showing Arabidopsis thaliana flower meristems, from the scientific publication "Plant Tissues in 3D via X-Ray Tomography: Simple Contrasting Methods Allow High Resolution Imaging" by Staedler and colleagues.

A. thaliana flower meristems of double line ap1 cal pAP1::AP1-GR mutant (A) 3D model. (B) Reconstructed longitudinal section of the inflorescence. The cells of the meristem are resolved. Scale bar = 100 µm.


If you are curious about more technical details of the equipment, have a look here, or if you want to know about access and pricing to use the X-ray. 

For more information regarding X-ray imaging, technical equipment, or other X-ray related requests, contact Tunhe Zhou at who is happy to help.