Zoology & Plant Science

Zoology and Plant Sciences

From the ant to the orchid, the diversity of life on Earth and the evolutionary processes that formed it engages many research fields as we attempt to understand the many species around us and discover and classify new ones. X-ray microscopy (XRM) provides tomography information to help navigate the evolutionary tree of life. High resolution and high contrast XRM provides a non-destructive approach for virtual dissections and to investigate internal morphology and anatomy. XRM provides high resolution imaging capability to obtain morphological data in 3D to understand how many species function, develop, evolve, or diverge through the eons.

Characterization and Analysis

  • Diagnose osteological characters in a living fossil of a Hula painted frog
  • Visualize functional morphology of the feeding apparatus and evolution of proboscis length in metalmark butterflies
  • Perform growth rate biometric quantification on larger benthic foraminifera for 4D (3D + time) studies
  • Study evolutionary morphology of the organ systems in squat lobsters and porcelain crabs for insight into carcinization
  • Investigate the internal anatomy of a sepiolid squid non-destructively to study the ganglionic system
  • Explore structure and sensory physiology of the leg scolopidial organs in Mantophasmatodea to understand their role in vibrational communication
  • Image in high resolution non-destructively internal fine structure of bryozoan skeletons
  • Direct three-dimensional characterization and multiscale visualization of wheat straw deconstruction by white rot fungus



ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa

High resolution, non-destructive 3D X-ray microscope with spatial resolution <700 nm (70 nm minimum voxel size), and resolution at a distance, with absorption and phase contrast enabled by a unique dual magnification system



ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra

ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra
Nanoscale X-ray Imaging:
Spatial resolution <50 nm (16 nm minimum voxel size)


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