Macro-microscopic anatomy: obtaining a composite view of barrier zone formation in Acer saccharum
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IAWA Bulletin. 9(2): 183-186.
The technique for constructing a montage of large wood sections cut on a sliding microtome is discussed. Briefly, the technique involves photographing many serial micrographs in a pattern under a light microscope similar to the way flight lines are run in aerial photography. Assembly of the resulting overlapping photographs requires careful trimming. A composite of many low power micrographs allows for a resolution of the sample that could not be obtained from a single photograph. A barrier zone in sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is used as an example of a 'macro-microscopic' montage. The scope of the montage aids is understanding the condition of the tree before injury, the tree's developing response to this problem, and the consequences of its defense strategy.
Dudzik, Kenneth R. 1988. Macro-microscopic anatomy: obtaining a composite view of barrier zone formation in Acer saccharum. IAWA Bulletin. 9(2): 183-186.