Cork Cells

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This light microscope image shows cork cells, the first to be so described. If you take a cork stopper, slice it very thinly & then stain it, you should be able to see individual cells using a microscope.

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Q: Where does cork come from?

A: Cork is the phloem (aka phellem) layer of bark that is removed from the oak tree, Quercus suber. It is a renewable resource prized for its properties of compression, insulation (sound & heat), buoyancy and fire resistance. It is historically important for being the first biological material where individual cells were identified.

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