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Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS

Eakin, David [1].

Syncroscopy ™ : Biological illustration from hand to hi tech.

Over the centuries biological illustration has evolved from simple hand drawings to an art form. Many scientists despair when confronted with the task of creating accurate, yet artful illustrations of their specimens. The challenge of accurate representation is exacerbated at higher powers of magnification due to the problems associated with depth of field. Whether drawn by hand, with the help of a camera lucida, or captured by cameras mounted on the microscope - most images contain only a portion of the total detail; usually using subjective decisions of the observer. The author will cover major historical methods of illustration using the moss genus Macrohymenium as his example. A new method of illustration will be demonstrated using current computer technologies to capture and morph serial sections.

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1 - Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Biological Sciences, Moore 235, 525 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475, USA

Syncroscopy TM.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 51-5
Location: 400/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
Time: 2:30 PM
Abstract ID:16

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