Forget-me-not Pollen
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Forget-me-not Pollen – I

Myosotis sp.

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This image shows Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) pollen grains sticking to a sepal of the plant. These represent the smallest pollen worldwide. A single grain barely exceeds the size of an E. coli bacterium. Furthermore, many plants have developed highly structured water-repellent and self-cleaning surfaces (green), which avoid the plant to shed debris when during rain. Man-made reconstructions of such structures would have many beneficial uses in our daily lives, agriculture, and industry. Therefore mimicking nature has been a central strategy in the research field of biomimetics (Bionik) for many years.