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These microscopic photos highlight the need to protect nature

The latest winners of the 2021 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition have been revealed. Image: UNSPLASH/Jamie Street

Annabel Walker

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1st place. Trichome (white appendages) and stomata (purple pores) on a southern live oak leaf. Image: Jason Kirk/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

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2nd place. A microfluidic device containing 300k networking neurons in 2 isolated populations. Both sides were treated with a unique virus and bridged by axons. Image: Esmerelda Paric/Holly Stefen/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

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3rd place. Rear leg, claw, and respiratory trachea of a louse (Haematopinus suis) Image: Frank Reiser/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
5th place. Proboscis of a housefly (Musca domestica). Image: Oliver Dum/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
7th place. Head of a tick Image: Dr Tong Shang/Dr Paul Stoodley/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
9th place. Water flea (Daphnia), carrying embryos and peritrichs Image: Jan Van Ijken/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
10th place. Vein and scales on a butterfly wing (Morpho didius) Image: Sébastien Malo/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
13th place. Cotton fabric with pollen grains. Image: Dr. Felice Placenti/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
14th place. Snowflake. Image: Dr. Joern N. Hopke/Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

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