Here, the world’s most beautiful and diverse pollen grains are assembled in one unique picture, which is one of the largest of the artists collection.
Pollen grains are remarkably diverse and vary in size from 10 to 250 µm. First illustrations of pollen grains start in the 17th century, shortly after the development of the first light microscope. At the end of the 19th century most characteristics of the capsule structure have already been established. One and a half centuries later, invention and commercialization of scanning-electron-microscopy (SEM) allow fascinating new insights into the microcosmos and re-initiate pollen research. The hand-colored SEM images of pollen that have been assembled on this picture illustrate the fascinating diversity of these small carriers of the male plant genome. Special credits: With kind support by H. Halbrittner and R. Buchner, University of Vienna.